Agartala: The Tripura government on Thursday said it has asked the Centre to provide more BSF personnel and early completion of barbed wire fencing for effective guarding
of the 856-km-long porous Indo-Bangla border along the state.
"We have informed the Centre that the eastern border is sensitive and more forces are needed. Barbed wire fencing along the border should also be completed as early as possible for effective guarding of the border," Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told reporters here.
The Centre has agreed to minimise the gap between two Border Out Posts (BOPs) from five km to 3.5 km and the state government is arranging the land for setting up of the BOPs, he said, adding that the construction would be done by the Centre.
Altogether 40 more BOPs would be set up to minimise the gap and five more battalions would be required to guard the border, he said.
At present there are 208 BOPs and 16 battalions of BSF in the state, the Chief Minister said.