The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh along with Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju reviewed the Border Management. Secretary (Border Management), Shri Susheel Kumar along with senior officials of the Department of Border Management were present in the meeting.
Secretary (Border Management) briefed the Ministers about the progress of border security infrastructure, programmes of Border Management and the way forward. It was informed that 4374 km fence, 5329.6 km border roads, 3974 km floodlights and 2420 nos. 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.
During the meeting Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh directed that complete Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam should be sealed. It was briefed that besides deployment of adequate number of battalions of BSF in State of Assam, 223.7 km. fence has been constructed for sealing of Indo-Bangladesh Border. However, there are 122 locations (60.7 km.) where physical barrier is not present. In order to achieve the objective of sealing of Indo-Bangladesh border it was decided that 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 and same will be achieved by June, 2017.
The Home Minister further directed that full use of technological solutions be made to secure sensitive areas along the borders. This will involve 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 & Control architecture.
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.