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Indo-Bangla border fencing: Centre sets March 2019 deadline

 MHA to provide techno solutions for difficult terrains

From A Correspondent
New Delhi, Oct 11: The Union Home Ministry has set a deadline to complete the fencing of India-Bangladesh border by March 2019.
Disclosing this, a top government official said on Wednesday that the government has sanctioned the order to fence 3,326 km of the 4,096 km long India-Bangladesh border.
“We have already completed 2,745.69 km of fencing… the remaining portion will be completed by March, 2019,” the official said. The left out area could not be fenced due to geographical location. “We have a long stretch of riverine border with Bangladesh and fencing those areas are not possible,” the official said, adding “Of course, we have floating border outposts to prevent possible influx.”
The fence and other infrastructure along the international border are one of the measures to enhance frontier security. Several other measures are taken along the border and its unfenced stretches to curb cross-border crimes. Therefore, lack of complete fencing of borders does not mean it is made easy for infiltration, smuggling, etc, the official said.
The official said that the Border Security Force (BSF) is putting in special efforts to dominate the unfenced areas of border by physical patrolling, laying of concertina wires, LASER, Infra-red arrays and laying nakas.
“Effective domination of the borders by Border Guarding Forces (BGFs) through round-the-clock surveillance, establishing observation posts along the border and strengthening existing defences of border outposts (BOPs) is being carried out,” the official said.
Vulnerability mapping of BOPs is reviewed from time to time from the point of view of cross-border crimes and being strengthened by deploying additional manpower, special surveillance equipments, vehicles and other infrastructure support. “The riverine areas of the border are dominated with the help of floating BoPs, speed boats, fast attack crafts, etc. The Government of India has also decided to deploy technological solutions in various difficult terrains of Indo-Pakistan & Indo-Bangladesh border. In this regard, a pilot study has been initiated in Jammu region,” said the official.