Srinagar: In a bid to prevent infiltration across the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army is accelerating work for installation of a “smart fence” to replace the existing border fence, The Hindu reported. The new fence, that is seen to help curb the rising infiltration, has undergone trials, which have been termed successful.
The existing fence, constructed between 2003 and 2005, consists of two rows of concertina wire loops. Indian Army calls it the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS).
A senior officer told The Hindu that the old fence had “high rate of degradation” from snow and needed repairs every season. The repairs cost Rs 50-60 crore every year, while the infiltrators had devised ways to cross it, the officer said.
The new fence, a proposal for which has been in the works for some time, will enable round the clock real-time surveillance. This gained momentum after the Pathankot and Uri attacks last year in which infiltrators crossed the LoC and attacked military installations. For trial, the army installed the fence on a 50km stretch and will implement the project for erecting the fence all along the LoC through Army Corps of Engineers, the officer told The Hindu.
“The smart fence stretching about 700 km will have enhanced surveillance features with sensors integrated and also has better survivability,” the officer added.
The new fence is expected to cost around Rs 1000 crore. Army sources told The Hindu that they have received in-principle approval for the project and have been assured on the allotment of required funds.
The project would be undertaken in phases. Under Phase-I, vulnerable areas and areas where most damage has occurred would be covered. Rest of the fence would be replaced in the second phase.