President Kovind’s Kargil visit cancelled due to bad weather

Srinagar, Jul 26: President Ram Nath Kovind’s Kargil visit was cancelled on Monday due to inclement weather, officials said.

Quoting an official, news agency KNO reported the President’s plane couldn’t take off from Srinagar due to bad weather and difficult flying conditions for crossing Himalayan peaks like Zojilla Pass.

It is for the second time in three years that the President could not fly to Drass for the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations.

Officials said the President’s flight could not take off to Drass due to bad weather.

In 2019, bad weather had prevented Kovind from visiting Drass and instead, he paid tributes by laying a wreath at a war memorial at the Army’s 15 Corps headquarters in Badamibagh here.

The celebrations were not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The official said Plan B has been put in place and the President’s convoy has been diverted towards Gulmarg, Baramulla.

He said that the President will now lay wreath at High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg, Kashmir along with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.

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