Mamata nod to fencing along Bangla border
THE Centre’s request to acquire about 300 acres of land in West Bengal for construction of barbed wire fencing along the India-Bangladesh border has been approved by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, sources in the Union Home Ministry officials said on Friday. The state government had been dithering for months over acquiring the land, delaying the construction along the international border, sources said.
With an agreement on handing over the land, the long-delayed construction of the fencing in the West Bengal sector of the IndiaBangaldesh border is expected to start soon, a Home ministry official said. India shares a 4,096-km border with Bangladesh. Of this, 2,216 km falls in West Bengal. The state border often courts infamy for illegal immigration and smuggling of cattle and narcotics.
For the construction of the fence, the home minister had sent similar letters to the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Bihar for acquisition of land in the states. On Friday, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh also reviewed the progress of various projects being undertaken along the borders with China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.
During the meeting, Singh was informed that various projects got delayed due to the non-availability of environment clearances from state governments. Singh asked ministry officials to pursue the matter with the governments concerned, sources said. Singh also reviewed the progress of ongoing projects being executed by the Land Ports Authority of India and the border management division under the Home Ministry.