Army’s New Year Plan: Raising ‘Smart Fence’ on Loc, IB

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SRINAGAR — A joint team of Army, BSF is constructing a new model of fencing on Line of Control (LoC), International Border (IB) to prevent “infiltration attempts” with the beginning of 2016, reports said.

The decision has been taken after the officials conducted trials for ‘smart fencing’ at five kilometers stretch each on LoC, IB.

“The trials were successful and hopefully work on the ‘smart fencing’ will start very soon,’’ reports quoting the top army officials said.

“Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have kept April 2016 as deadline for start of the work when weather will open up and so will be the snow filled passes that would facilitate construction work smoothly.” The entire project for construction of ‘smart fencing’ will be funded by MoD, MHA.

The new fencing, reports said, will be “very effective” compared to existing one. “The militants would find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to breach it.”

It is said that the ‘smart fencing’ has several hi-tech gadgets to prevent infiltration attempts and alert the troops on duty if the militants sneaked through.

“Initially it will be constructed in vulnerable areas like Tangdhar, Keran and Gurez in Kashmir Valley, Mendhar in Poonch and stretch of IB in Jammu sector,” reports said. “However, gradually the entire LoC and IB in Jammu sector will be covered by the ‘smart fencing’.”

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