Target of fencing Indo-Bangladesh border by 2017

Bhopal, June 26, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):  Work on barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla international border (IB) would be completed by 2017, a top official said on Saturday. “India has set a target of finishing the barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla international border by 2017,” Susheel Kuman, secretary Border Management under the Union Home Ministry said. Kumar, who arrived here on a three-day tour on Friday, is now visiting the barbed wire construction works in different parts of Tripura border with Bangladesh. He reviewed the progress of the fencing works in a meeting with officials of the state government, including the chief secretary Y P Singh, DGP, K Nagraj, district magistrates and all the implementing agencies and BSF on Friday.

Kumar said this issue was discussed with all the bordering state governments including West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya earlier. “Wherever fencing is required, it would be constructed and where riverine stretches are present, no fencing would be constructed because it worked as natural barrier,” he said. Kumar said local problems would be sorted out through discussions and where fencing is required on the zero point of the border, “it would be taken up with the Bangladesh government and the matters would be sorted out through negotiation.” India constructed border fencing 100 yards away from the international border leaving a large tract of agricultural and homestead land outside the fencing to adhere to Border Management agreement signed in 1975. India has a 4096km border with Bangladesh, and Tripura which is girded by the neighbouring countries in three sides, has 856 km long border.