4.35 km open border to be fenced in Karimganj town

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 19: Additional chief secretary (home and political) Kumar Sanjay Krishna visited the Indo-Bangladesh International Border at Karimganj on Wednesday and reviewed various problems of the border area in a meeting held at the International Trade Centre, Sutarkandi in Karimganj and took stock of the development works in the border.

Krishna said that 4.35 km open border will be fenced. He also said that the government is well aware of the problems of people residing in the border areas. BSF officials asked upon the administration for construction of houses for the people residing inside the fenced areas. BSF officials, while making a power point presentation (PPT) at the meeting, asked the administration to implement anti-erosion scheme in riverine border area of Karimganj district.

The meeting also discussed the Elephant Corridor constructed at Indo-Bangladesh Border at Champabari of Karimganj district to facilitate smooth movement of elephants between India and Bangladesh. The ‘high-mast light’ was fitted in the corridor to check human infiltration through it.

Earlier, Krishna visited the zero point at border in Sutarkandi of Karimganj district with BSF officials and deputy commissioner MS Manivannan.

He was briefed about a smart fencing measuring 3 km completed in Latitila, the disputed place which was demarcated a few years back. The BSF officials stressed on the need of shifting one cremation ground at Cherakuri area of the district.

The BSF officials also emphasised on shifting of people residing inside the fenced area in the Border. The BSF also requested to expedite the work of ‘High Power Line’ executed by APDCL in the district.

He was also apprised that due to strict vigils at the Border, infiltration and smuggling have come down to a large extent. Around 25 cattle seized from the smugglers are in the custody of BSF for last three months. Special DG (Border) Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta asked the BSF to seize illegal goods as per guidelines.

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