No Plan To Build All Weather Fence Along LoC: GoC

No Plan To Build All Weather Fence Along LoC: GoC

1 September 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: A senior army officer Saturday said army has no plan to build any new all weather fence to replace the existing fence structure along 740 kms Line of Control (LoC). “There is no plan to design a new fence along the LoC,” GoC 15 Corps Lt Gen Om Prakash told Rising Kashmir. He said the current fencing design is effective. “The terrain is such that no replacement would work”. “We have a very hostile terrain along the LoC. The fence gets submerged under snow every year. Besides, experiencing heavy snowfall of more than 40 fts, the region faces threat of avalanches and snow slides that takes away everything, which comes on its way,” GoC said. He asserted that that army has no plans to build any all weather fencing structure. “I am unaware why such a statement or observations was made at first place by some officials,” he said while referring to recent news reports that Government of India (GoI) was mulling erection of a new all-weather fence along Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan that can even withstand the harshest weather conditions. This proposal was reportedly discussed during the recent two-day visit of Union Home Secretary R K Singh to Valley. Sources said fencing in North Kashmir's Gurez, Karnah, Kupwara and Gulmarg sectors gets damaged every year due to heavy snowfall. “This gives opportunity to militants to sneak into Kashmir and other parts of the state,” they said Meanwhile, GoC said they have gathered new intelligence inputs about presence of militants in Kashmir. “Through various sources we have verified that 260 to 280 militants are present in Kashmir. They are both foreign and locals. In north Kashmir 60 percent militants are foreigners while rest are locals. In south Kashmir, 60 percent militants are locals while 40 percent are foreigners”. He claimed that the militant infrastructure and training camps across the border were still intact. “552 to 600 militants were waiting on other side of LoC to infiltrate into Kashmir. However, we have put up several anti-infiltration measures in place to prevent militants from sneaking into Kashmir”.