Central Kashmir’s Manasbal lake is once again open for training exercises, more than three decades after insurgency forced the Navy to abandon it.
Amidst picturesque hills and pristine waters, more than 100 National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets from Jammu and Kashmir and outside participated in boating and boat pulling exercises on 14 September.
It is a historic day after a gap of 33 years. The NCC training activities of the Naval Wing on the lake are being revived. Training in the area was suspended during the onset of militancy in the 1990s,” said Group Commander, NCC, Brigadier KS Kalsi.
The participants expressed enthusiasm about the resumption of naval training in the natural lake. “The administration and the armed forces have managed to rectify the situation to such an extent that the Navy is able to restart and revive the training area,” Brigadier Kalsi said.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited forward areas of Poonch on September 14 and was briefed about the overall security situation along the Line of Control, anti-infiltration grid and operational preparedness.
“I salute the exemplary bravery of our armed forces. Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a new dawn of peace, progress and prosperity. India will give a befitting reply to those who try to disturb the peace, unity and integrity of the country,” the Lt Governor said.
The Lieutenant Governor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid special attention to the development and prosperity of the people living on the border, especially the youth. He said, “Young generation should come forward and take advantage of various schemes launched under ‘Yuva Mission’ to become self-reliant and successful entrepreneurs.”