Lakhpat (Indo-Pak border): The marshy, barren
and treacherous terrain of the Rann of Kutch is coming in the
way of speedy erection of barbed wire fencing along the
Gujarat border with Pakistan to prevent infiltration.
Fencing work along the Indo-Pak border is almost
complete in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and
Rajasthan but the work here is going on at a slow pace due to
"The fencing work is going on here but is slow paced due
to the unique feature of this Rann of Kutch where the ground
give away any time," DIG BSF Vishnu Dutt said.
The Rann of Kutch is inundated with water from May to
September. Afterwards, some patches remain wet though some
places look dry but actually have slush underneath and the
ground may give away any time, Dutt said explaining the
topography of the Rann.
Standing at pillar number 1175, the last recognised
border post between India and Pakistan which is just a few
kilometres from Lakhpat, one can see white border pillars from
where Pakistani territory begins.
Out of the 340 kms sanctioned construction of road and
fencing on the Gujarat border with Pakistan, 219 km road has
been constructed so far and the fencing at the stretch has
been completed. The work is being carried out under the
Ministry of Home Affairs