New Delhi: Indian security forces along the entire length of the border with Pakistan have been put on high alert following the Uri terror attack. But only about half the border that Gujarat shares with Pakistan has been fenced.
The India-Pakistan border in Kachchh has been known as an area where the border can be traversed, even finding its way into short stories and novels in India. Fencing has not even been approved for about 200 km of the 512 km of the border in Gujarat.
Official sources say fencing has been approved for only 340 km. Even with this, the actual building of the fence has been completed only on 262 km. This means just half the entire length of the border with Pakistan is fenced.
The Centre government has since the 1990s undertaken the task of constructing a border fence to prevent easy crossing into India. Fencing has been completed in sensitive regions like Punjab, which has seen two major attacks by terrorists from Pakistan since 2015.
The marshy terrain in Kachchh in itself poses challenges to building and maintaining a border fence. The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha by Ahmedabad MP Kirit Solanki, but did not see significant movement.
The International Border that runs from the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir to the watery wastelands of Kachchh does not see as much infiltration activity as the Line of Control in Kashmir. But the border has seen infiltrations by drug traffickers or terrorists, like the ones who attacked Dinanagar and Pathankot, both in Punjab.