Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang has expressed his reservations on the idea of raising barbed wire fencing in the Indo-Myanmar border. He rather suggested that instead of wasting money in fencing, both India and Myanmar should think about constructing roads and other amenities in the restricted area on both sides of the border. He added that in the absence of proper roads and communication, the area has turned into a fertile ground for militants.
Road construction in the Indo-Myanmar border
Zeliang said that considering the unique landholding system among the Nagas, the Government of India should consider an unfenced border along the India-Myanmar border, instead of raising barbed wire fencing. According to him, the improved roads will ensure better connectivity, improved trade and relations. It will also help in effective counter insurgency operations by security forces.
He said he wanted policy makers and planners to clearly understand the peculiar nature of the Nagaland sector of the Indo-Myanmar border. Unlike other borders in the region does not have the problem of infiltration from across the border. According to him the situation is more or less similar in Manipur and Mizoram.
The Nagaland chief minister viewed that taking advantage of the absence of the road communication and security movement, the militants have turned this area into a breeding ground for new cadres. This can only be stopped with the construction of roads and development of the area.