Sashastra Seema Bal conquers Mt. Jogin I and III on the Garhwal Kumaon Himalayas
The 21,210-ft Mt. Jogin I was scaled on June 6 and the 20,065-ft Mt. Jogin III on June 7The mountaineers of SSB have cleared the garbage and made the Himalayas more beautiful
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Sunday congratulated the mountaineers of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) conquered Mt. Jogin I and Mt. Jogin III on the Garhwal Kumaon Himalayas in the Gangotri region of Uttarakhand.
Mr. Patil said the SSB's endeavour would not only help promote adventure sports, but also address issues related to ecology, pollution and global warming.
The 25-member team, led by Senior Instructor at SSB Training Centre, Gwaldom, G.C. Shah, also cleared the garbage left behind by earlier expeditions.
The team scaled the 21,210 feet Mt. Jogin I at 8 a.m. on June 6 and the 20,065 feet Mt. Jogin III in the early hours of June 7, braving grave weather. Mr. Patil flagged off the expedition on May 25.
"The Himalayas are the most beautiful mountains in the entire world. The mountaineers of SSB have cleared the garbage and made it more beautiful, restoring the pristine glory of the Himalayas. It's a praiseworthy work because it is an eco-friendly effort," he said.
"Through a boating expedition from Patna to Kolkatta down the Ganga, the SSB impressed upon the people the importance of maintaining the purity of the mighty river. Through the mountaineering expedition to Mt. Jogin, it has set an example before the people and society about repairing the ecological damage caused by mankind."
Mountaineers of the SSB have scaled and hoisted the Tricolour and the force flag on 252 mountains.
SSB Director-General Tilak Kak and Additional Director General Vikram Srivastava thanked the Home Ministry for encouraging such adventure activities.
SSB is a border guarding force under the administrative control of the Home Ministry. It was set up in early 1963 in the wake of the India-China conflict to inculcate a sense of national belonging among the people living in the border areas and develop their capacity for resistance through a continuous process of motivation, training, development, welfare programmes and activities.