Agartala: The Centre has decided to construct
509 new Border Outposts (BOPs) and complete the unfinished
barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangla
international borders, a top official said Tuesday.
“Of the 509 new BOPs, 126 would be constructed along the
Indo-Pak border and the rest 383 would be constructed along
the Indo-Bangla border to strengthen border monitoring and
border management,” Secretary of Border Road Management, E A
Ahmed told reporters.
Ahmed arrived here yesterday and visited Khanthlang, a
remote hill top tribal hamlet in North Tripura district,
bordering Chittagong Hill Tract of Bangladesh, and Akhaura
checkpost here. He held meetings with the Chief Secretary, S K
Panda and other top officials at the Civil Secretariat.
He announced that the Akhaura checkpost would be upgraded
as the fourth integrated checkpost of the country by extending
the facilities of customs, proper security, cargo godowns and
others required for entry and exit of citizens of India and
Ahmed said construction of two such integrated check
posts have started in Indo-Pak and Indo-Nepal border and one
more checkpost would be built on Indo-Nepal border and adding
that the Akhaura checkpost would be the fourth integrated
checkpost in the country.
He said construction work for Akhaura checkpost would
start in July and would be completed by fourteen months.
Ahmed said of the 856 km Indo-Bangla border in Tripura,
fencing was completed in 650 km and the rest would be
completed by 2012. He added that flood lighting was done in 200 km
border areas and monetary sanction has been given for flood
lighting for additional 518 km.