Committee flags gaps, vulnerability in Indo-Pak border fencing

NEW DELHI: Use of scientific technology and heightened vigil on riverine frontiers while guarding the Indo-Pak border are among the suggestions given by a Home Ministry-appointed committee which also flagged gaps and vulnerability in border fencing.
The committee, headed by former Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, was set up following the terror attack on Pathankot air base and it submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.
Official sources said the committee suggested that scientific methods like laser walls could not be installed in many infiltration-prone areas where due to treacherous terrain or marshy riverine fencing could not be installed so far.
The committee has given separate recommendations for four states which touch the international border with Pakistan as each state has separate topography and problems.
Of the 3,323 km long Indo-Pak border, 1,225 kms falls in Jammu and Kashmir (including Line of Control), 553 kms in Punjab, 1,037 kms in Rajasthan and 508 kms in Gujarat.
The committee was set up three months after the January terror attack on Pathankot to suggest ways to strengthen the security along the border with Pakistan and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing.
It has been mandated to study all types of gaps in the fencing and all other vulnerabilities along the border and suggest a comprehensive approach to fix them on interim and permanent basis.

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