Responding to a request from locals of the region, 'Fire & Fury' Corps of the Indian Army has constructed a community kitchen at the revered Tarsing Karmo Gompa located in an extremely remote area of Eastern Ladakh. Befittingly, the facility was dedicated to the locals by 72-year-old Havildar Punchok Stobdan, Vir Chakra (Retired), one of the living heroes of the 1962 Sino-Indian War, who had fought in the Daulat Beg Oldie Sector of Sub-Sector North (SSN) on November 8, 2019.
Tarsing Karmo Gompa is popular Buddhist pilgrimage site in remote Eastern Ladakh, situated 26 km from Shyok Village in Durbuk Block of Leh district. Despite its remote location, it is visited by thousands of Buddhist pilgrims every year. Some popular caves, namely Guru Padmasambhava Caves, Dolma Caves and Lunga-Raksha Caves, exist in and around the Gompa.
Executed by Patiala Brigade of the Trishul Division as a Border Area Development Project (BADP), the work was completed in a record time, despite the technical and logistics challenges associated with construction at such a remote location. The project was completed in time for the main Tarsing Karmo Gompa festival due to be held shortly.
Commander Patiala Brigade and Shri Konchok Namgial, Sarpanch of Durbuk Block represented the Indian Army and the UT administration at the function, respectively. Also present was a 97-year-old Army Veteran, Naik Tashi Stanzin (Retired).