Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a review meeting ordered complete sealing of Indo-Bangla border in Assam. The decision comes days after Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said that the borders with the eastern neighbour will be sealed within two year’s time to put an end to infiltration.
The Home Minister also 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 and control architecture.
According to Ministry of Home Affairs, at present a 223.7-kilometre fence has been constructed to seal the Indo-Bangladesh Border. But there are 122 locations spread across 60.7 kilometres without any physical barrier.
Hence, it was decided that 100 locations covering 11.9 kilometres will have physical barrier i.e. fence and 22 locations covering 48.8 kilometres of riverine areas will have non-physical barriers including technological barriers which will completely seal the border. This will be achieved by June next year.