Ma­mata nod to fenc­ing along Bangla bor­der

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

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.

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