pradip chatterjee
KOLKATA, 3 AUG: Twenty-four-year-old Sukanya Pal from Barasat in North 24-Parganas is all set to go to Siachen, the world’s  highest battle field, in an expedition on her motorcycle to pay tribute to the jawans who are serving in the border areas and guarding the country from external forces.
Ms Pal (in sns photo) wants to pay respect to jawans stationed at the glacier, where temperatures range from minus 20 to minus 60 degree Celsius. She, along with her team members, plan to celebrate Independence Day with Army jawans at the Siachen base camp.
Ms Pal, who studied sociology at the masters level at Jadavpur University, is presently engaged in research and developed the habit of trekking when she was a student of class VII. Her interest in long-distance biking dates back to her school days — Ms Pal was inspired by her physical training teacher, who used to ride a motor-bike.
Though the journey to Siachen is tough, Ms Pal is no stranger to difficult terrain. She has travelled to Khardungla, on the world&’s highest motorable at 18,380 feet, on her two-wheeler on two occasions. Her feat received wide recognition when she, along with some of her fellow members, entered the Limca Book of National Records in 2011.
The ride to Siachen, however, is going be more difficult. Siachen is situated at a height of 18,875 feet, and there is no road connecting Khardungla and Siachen. As a result, the motorcyclists will have to take a stony and sandy path to reach the destination. Ms Pal will undertake the journey on her 180 cc Apache, while most of her companions will ride the Bullet. The other members who will accompany her on the expedition are Jayanta Biswas from Ichhapur in West Bengal, Joykrishnan B from Chennai and Bibartan Ghosh from Mumbai.
A resident of Nabapally in Barasat, Ms Pal will begin her journey from Subhas Maidan Club on 4 August, in the presence of distinguished guests. Several NGOs, including Barasat Youth Lovers’ Association, Barasat Football Lovers’ Associ-ation and Jyotirgomoy will felicitate her on the occasion.