Poonch Has a Fortune Behind The Fence, Govt Reveals



A file photo of Poonch village borders. (KL Image: Meha Dixit)
A file photo of Poonch village borders. (KL Image: Meha Dixit)

Border Poonch district has vast swaths of land lying behind the LoC fence, the government revealed on Wednesday.

In fact its land pushed to disused beyond the fence is more than double the land of all other districts facing the same fencing issues.

The government on Wednesday said J&K has more than 207360 kanals of land lying beyond the fence, both at LoC and the IB. It includes 24392 kanals in Jammu, 2817 in Samba, 11331 in Kathua, 3386 in Rajouri, 143643 in Poonch and 21791 in Baramulla.

The data suggests that the entire state has 63717 kanals of land lying beyond LoC which is less than half of what Poonch alone has. Most of this land is in disuse, except in certain areas where the army is permitting the movement of the peasants to their fields.

Meanwhile, the government said that it is concerned over the plight of the people living near borders for facing problems during the shelling from Pakistan.

It said a proposal has been submitted to the central government to fund 20125 community bunkers that would require an amount of Rs 1006.25 crore. MHA, however, has approved construction of 60 concrete community bunkers for which it has released an amount of Rs 3 crore.


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