Shillong: As part of a revamp in the set-up of the border guarding force to enhance border management in North-East, a BSF frontier will be created for Assam which will also include areas of West Bengal.
The present Assam & Meghalaya Frontier headquartered at Shillong will be bifurcated and an officer of the rank of inspector general will head each of the two frontiers which are likely to operationalise by October next, official sources told a news agency.
Each frontier is likely to have around nine battalions.
The present strength of the combined frontier is 12 battalions, most of which are deployed in the 443 km Meghalaya-Bangladesh border and 134-km Assam-Bangladesh border. Some of the BSF troopers are also deployed for counter-insurgency operations in Assam.
The Guwahati frontier will have three sectors under it Guwahati, Falakata and Cooch Behar.
One more sector (Jowai) will be added to Meghalaya frontier which now has two sectors Shillong and Tura.
A BSF official said the force has written to the district administration in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya seeking land for setting up the sector headquarters at Jowai.
A separate frontier for Assam would give better direction to the force besides aiding close supervision. The burden of the Meghalaya frontier will also be reduced to a great extend, a BSF official said.