Govt sanctions 3436 kilometres of fencing along Indo-Bangladesh border

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New Delhi, Aug. 4 (ANI): The Government if India has sanctioned fencing over 3436 kilometres along the Indo-Bangladesh border in phased projects.

Up to March 2009, a total of 2650 km. of fencing has been erected.

"The single row type of fencing erected under Phase - I project is being replaced by the composite multiple row type concertina fencing with the improved design and higher specifications.

"About 861 km of fencing has been sanctioned for replacement, out of which 367 km has already been replaced up to March 2009," Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran told the Parliament today.

The fencing procedure has been facing many challenges, including many non-feasible and problematic stretches like riverine, low-lying and waterlogged areas, hilly terrains, villages and population till International border (zero-line) and 150 yards problem with Bangladesh, the minister said.

"These issues have to be resolved before fencing. Technical options are also being explored to cover the riverine and other difficult areas. All out efforts are being made to complete the sanctioned fencing works," Ramachandran said. (ANI)

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