03 June, 2016

Centre Orders To Seal Indo-Bangladesh Border By June, 2017

The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has directed border management and security agencies to seal the complete Indo-Bangladesh border by June, 2017, with full use of technological solutions.

The decision was taken during the border management review meeting attended by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, secretary (Border Management), Shri Susheel Kumar along with senior officials.

In the review meeting, the home minister was briefed on the deployment of adequate number of battalions of BSF in State of Assam, 223.7 km, and construction of fence for sealing of Indo-Bangladesh Border. However, there are 122 locations (60.7 km.) where physical barrier is not present.

To achieve this objective, 100 locations covering 11.9 km will have physical barrier i.e. fence and 22 locations covering 48.8 km. of riverine areas will have non-physical barriers including technological barriers which will completely seal this border by June, 2017.

The home minister was further directed for full use of technological solutions like networking of equipments like high resolution cameras, radars, unattended ground sensors, optical fibres, infra red sensors, aerostats, hand-held thermal imagers etc. and integration of these with command and control architecture.

Border Management secretary briefed the ministers about progress of border security infrastructure and programmes it has undertaken. It was informed that 4374 km fence, 5329.6 km border roads, 3974 km floodlights and 2420 nos.

It was also reported that Border Out Posts (BOPs) have been constructed along the International Borders for security of the borders. Further, major impediments hampering the development of border infrastructure have been resolved during last two years which will increase the pace of development of border infrastructure in coming years.

In the meeting it was also outlined that almost all the remaining infrastructure works at the border will be completed in next three years.
Additional Director General, Border Security Force and Additional Director General (Border), CPWD are already on site visit on Indo-Bangladesh Border in Assam to prepare comprehensive plan for sealing the border by June, 2017 by means of physical and non-physical barriers.

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