LoC Fence Proposal Inspired By Israeli Success

LoC Fence Proposal Inspired By Israeli Success

14 September 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: The idea of constructing an all-weather fence along Line of Control had struck Union Home Secretary RK Singh after a top police officer told him that the model has been immensely effective at Israeli-Palestine border, sources revealed. Sources said during his recent visit to Kashmir, Singh visited Cheema post in Gulmarg sector along with several top army and police officials to inspect the fence along the LoC. “Later, while Home Secretary was being briefed about the LoC fence during a high level meeting, he raised queries as to why the fence does not remain effective during winter months. A top police official said he had visited Israel and observed the efficacy of the fence along Israeli-Palestine border. It has been successful in stopping infiltration of Palestinian people and militants into Israel,” they said. They said the official told Singh that they could replicate the model of Israeli barrier along the LoC to counter infiltration and prevent sneaking of militants into Jammu and Kashmir. “The official informed Home Secretary that pillars along the famous Gandola cable car are weather resistant and can withstand all weather conditions. He opined that similar mechanism should be put in place along the LoC. The Home Secretary was very appreciative of the idea and agreed to discuss the proposal of the Israeli-Palestinian barrier model with the ministry. He also informed the officials that he would be sending a team of engineers to take the feasibility report,” sources said. They, however, said army officials present in the meeting raised concerns and said such an “all weather fencing would isolate villages permanently along the LoC and would also mean giving away large tracts of land along the border”. Sources said the civilian officials present in the meeting opined that a gate could be constructed at such places, which would remain exclusively open for people of the area. Senior army officials told Rising Kashmir that such a plan can hardly be executed. “The terrain geography is tougher than Israeli-Palestinian border.” Substantiating the apprehensions, GoC 15 corps Lt General Om Prakash had recently told this newspaper that army had no plan to build any new all weather fence to replace the existing fence structure along 740 kms Line of Control (LoC). He had said the current fencing design is effective. “The terrain is such that no replacement would work”.