Indications of construction underway can be seen with materials present at the place. The contract for the construction is apparently been awarded to Pak's all-weather friend China.
In a clear violation of international rules that bars any type of construction within 150 yards of an international border. India has taken the matter seriously and the Border Security Force (BSF) has submitted a protest letter in this regard to the Pakistani Rangers, revealed Madho Singh Chauhan, deputy inspector general (Barmer section).
The fears that Pakistan could use this very railway station to inflict damages on India in case of war is very high.
Pakistan had earlier built a railway station a few metres on zero line way back in 2003. In spite of protests, the Centre took the matter lightly and now the news comes of plans to upgrade the railway station causing more worry to Indians stationed at the border.
Sources revealed that the construction is on opposite the Munabao railway station in Barmer. Pakistan was earlier engaged in the construction of a railway station for services between Munabao and Khokharapaar for the Thar Express. The construction started off far from the border, slowly inching towards it. In spite of putting the matter to the attention of Pakistan authorities, they ignored it. It was also escalated to the DIG and IG level, but of no consequence.
The matter was highlighted with the Home Ministry as well by the BSF and was instructed by them to "end this matter".