Guwahati/ 19th August’2017 (Prag News Desk): Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the National Buildings Construction Corporation (India) Limited (NBCC) and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to immediately take up work on the 48.11 km porous areas of Indo-Bangla border on a war footing.
He urged the Border Security Force to use proven technology to intensify its vigil and put a spanner on the alleged influx and smuggling from across the border.
Sonowal also suggested that the proposed 30-km-long Phulbari bridge over the Brahmaputra connecting Dhubri with South Salmara may also have this technological solution in place to help the bridge bolster border security with Bangladesh.
The Chief Minister stated that “Fencing of the unfenced areas of Indo-Bangla border would lead to ‘complete sealing off the border between the two geographical entities and it will also stop illegal movements from across the border’.
During the meeting, NBCC and CPWD pointed out that of the 48.11 km unfenced border between Assam and Bangladesh, fencing of 13.38 km would be completed as soon as the flood water recedes. However, erecting fence on the remaining areas involves enormous challenges as nearly 3-km stretch particularly in Silchar sector is full with deep gorges. It may be noted that Silchar sector has 61 gaps, Dhubri 31 and others two and altogether Rs 26.92 crore is required to plug these gaps.Here, the NBCC and CPWD to start the fencing work right from October, so that the whole process can be completed before the onset of the next monsoon.
The Chief Minister, further asked BSF to use proven technology to guard Indo-Bangla border and rein in over all illegal movements along the border and to use adequate manpower besides deploying equipment like camera, radar, sensor, fibre optic, etc., for an error-free vigilance on the entire stretch of Indo-Bangla border that Assam shares with Bangladesh.
The Chief Minister also emphasised on improving the quality of roads leading to border areas for better patrolling. He said that quality border roads apart from encouraging border communication would strengthen security mechanism.