Over Rs 1100 crore spent on border fencing on Indo-Bangladesh Border: Govt to Lok Sabha 

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel keep a vigil near India-Bangladesh fencing border during a patrol. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 24, 2019, 08.42 AM (IST)

The government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that a total of Rs 1138.48 crore has been spent in fencing the International Border between India and Bangladesh during the last five years, reported news agency ANI. 

The total length of the International Border is 4096.70 km and fencing has been completed for 2803 km so far, the Lok Sabha was informed.

The probable date of completion is December 2020, the report added. 

The aforementioned information was given by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in the Lower House of Parliament.

"The schemes for creation of border infrastructure works, on Indo-Bangladesh Border, like fence, road, floodlight and Border Out-Posts (BOPs) are in progress. Border guarding forces conduct regular patrolling, lay nakas and establish observation posts and carry out anti tunnelling exercise to stop illegal infiltration," Rai said.

"However, illegal migrants are able to enter in a clandestine and surreptitious manner, mainly due to difficult riverine terrain in parts of the international border with Bangladesh which are not amenable to physical fencing," he stated.

Between 2014 and 2019, the number of infiltrators apprehended in West Bengal reduced to 379 from 2,260. 

In Assam, the numbers came down from 101 to 94 while in Meghalaya, it decreased from 64 to 11. 

In Mizoram, the number of infiltrators apprehended has been reduced to seven from eight and in Tripura, the numbers lowered to 101 to 94. 

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The total length of the International Border is 4096.70 km and fencing has been completed for 2803 km so far, the Lok Sabha was informed.