Shillong: The Indo-Bangla border fencing
project is expected to be completed by March 2010, an official
statement said on Friday.
The construction of the fencing has been delayed by
problems like harsh topography and pending land acquisition
cases, the statement quoting a home ministry report said.
Human habitats within 150 yards of the border, need for
realignment of fencing in certain stretches, objections raised
by Bangladesh Rifles for constructing of fencing within 150
yards and limited working season were also said to be the
causes for the delay in completion of the project.
However, about 2,649.74 km of fencing has been completed
so far out of a total length of 3,436.56 km. The project is
now expected to be completed by March, 2010, it said.
In addition, 3,326.82 km of border roads have been
constructed out of sanctioned length of 4,326.24 km.
A total of 2,840 km along the Indo-Bangladesh border will
be floodlighted at an estimated cost of Rs.1,327 crore and the
project will be completed by 2011-2012.
The work has been assigned to the CPWD, NBCC and NPCC.