BSF plans 10 m-high, 179 km-long wall along Jammu-Pak border

Jammu-Pak Border

India will build a raised embankment along a 179-km stretch on the Jammu sector to pre-empt infiltration or shelling from across the

Pakistan border , says the BSF chief. The embankment, or bund, will be around 135 feet (41 metres) wide and 10 metres high and accommodate bunkers and border outposts.

"The BSF is waiting for the state government to acquire land along the stretch we have identified. The embankment will be followed by fencing," says Subhash Joshi, DG BSF. "There are a few riverine patches too along the border in Jammu. To secure them we are looking for technological solutions."

An official said they were waiting for no-objection-certificates from at least 24 MLAs, a necessity under the state's land acquisition laws.

"Land in 29 villages has already been acquired," says R K Varma, divisional commissioner of Samba in Jammu. Similar exercises have been initiated in Kathua and Jammu districts.

"There are at least two villages in my jurisdiction, Chak Parthyal and Kazalkhurd, where the process has not begun," says Varma. "This is because the border areas are rigged with mines planted during the 1971 war and again during the Kargil war in 1999. Officials cannot go there to carry out a survey." The DG said the BSF will help the state administration to de-mine the areas.

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