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Avalanches: Fencing along LoC extensively damaged

Last Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 14:54

Srinagar: Avalanches in Kashmir have caused
"extensive" damage to the fencing along the LoC in the Valley,
posing a fresh challenge to the anti-infiltration grid, the
Army said on Saturday.

The Army was also reviewing the feasibility of abandoning
some posts near the Line of Control (LoC) in wake of the
looming threat of fresh avalanches.

"There has been extensive damage to the fence in many
areas, especially along the Shamsabari (mountain) range,"
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Northern
Command Lt Gen K T Parnaik told reporters here.

The fence along the LoC was erected in 2004 as part of
the counter-infiltration measures and has proven vital in the
efforts of the army to check infiltration.

Lt Gen Parnaik said there was so much snow in the area
that it has even buried the fence.

"This is a yearly phenomenon but this year the snow has
been rather heavy...the fence has got damaged. In fact, there
is so much of snow that it has got over the fence," he said.

Avalanches have struck many areas along the LOC in
Kashmir following heavy snowfall in the Valley this winter.

A massive avalanche hit the headquarters of 109 Infantry
Brigade at Dawar area of Gurez sector, near LoC, in Bandipora
district on Wednesday night resulting in the death of 14
soldiers while two others are still missing.

Three more soldiers were killed the same day when another
avalanche hit an army camp in Sonamarg area of central Kashmir
Ganderbal district.

Lt Gen Parnaik said the Army faces a "huge task" to
retrieve and repair the fence once the snow melts and summer
sets in.

"I am sure we will be able to do it in time," he said.


First Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 14:54
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