A BSF jawan checking a boat on the open border with Bangladesh on the Brahmaputra in Dhubri district in Assam. (Express Photo: Dasarath Deka)
India is working towards completion of the entire border with Bangladesh by next two years time, said a top official engaged with the fencing work.
“We have agreed on an action plan in which and we are hoping that by December 2017 all the places where physical barriers are possible those barriers will be erected, if there are some riverine stretches where physical barriers are not possible we will have no physical barriers so that sealing of border can actually be done,” said Susheel Kumar, Secretary Border Management under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
“Fence is on requirement basis, like Tripura I have had discussion with Meghalaya, two days back I had discussion with West Bengal, so everywhere we are trying to complete the fence with the Bangladesh border. Assam we have already taken a decision that within two years we are going to seal that border. Assam has much more riverine stretches but we have decided that we will completely seal that in two years time.”
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After a review meeting in presence of Chief Secretary Y P Singh, DGP K Nagaraj, IG BSF J B Sangwan, District Magistrates of all eight district of the state and various construction agencies engaged with fencing work on the progress and problems of border fencing work in Tripura-Bangladesh in the secretariat he informed this to reporters.
“All the district magistrates were here, all the agencies and BSF were here. We have discussed how to completely seal the border with Bangladesh in the state of Tripura. That is our objective,” said Kumar adding: “So hurdles are because of the topography, some are because of perceptions at the local level – people’s perceptions. We have discussed with collectors and emphasised that they should open dialogue and convince people and try to see that the fence is erected.”
He informed that to complete the fencing work on time and keeping in view the local issue…