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Wire fences in ‘feasible stretches’ along Pakistan, Bangladesh border approved: Govt tells LS

Kiren Rijiju also said the area of responsibility of 382 BOPs (border outposts) along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan borders have been assessed as vulnerable.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2018 20:08 IST
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BJP leader and Union minister Kiren Rijiju after attending Parliament during the budget session in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)

The government has approved barbed wire fencing in all “feasible stretches” along the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

In addition, a stretch of 10km has also been approved for a barbed wire fence along the border with Myanmar, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in response to a written question.

“All feasible stretches along international borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh have been approved for erection of barbed wire fence,” he said.

Rijiju said the area of responsibility of 382 BOPs (border outposts) along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan borders have been assessed as vulnerable.

This has been done on the basis of incidents of crimes related to smuggling of cattle, phensedyl and FICN (fake Indian currency note) as well as illegal migration and attacks on BSF personnel by miscreants.

The total sanctioned length of fence along the Indo- Bangladesh border is 3,326km. Of this, 2,746.44km has been completed and the balance ‘ongoing’ work on encumbrance free stretches of land is targeted for completion by March 2019, he said.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 20:07 IST