Protection grid to be set up along India-Bangladesh border: Rajnath Singh

Stating that international border security is of top priority to the government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said a multi-layered "Border Protection Grid" (BPG) will be set up across the country's border.

"The total length of India-Bangladesh border covering five states is 4,096 km, of which 3,006 km has been fenced. But the remaining 1,090 km of border is not fenced yet.

"We have decided to implement technological solutions in this region which can also be termed as non-physical barrier," Singh said after holding a meeting here on developmental security issues at the India-Bangladesh border with the chief ministers of states bordering Bangladesh.

"Of the non-fenced areas, 684 km would be secured with fence and related infrastructures. The remaining 406 km of border area would come under non-physical barriers as fencing in these places is not feasible," he said, adding that the non-physical barriers would be first implemented in the Dhubri sector of Assam.

The minister said that apart from the physical and non-physical barriers, the entire India-Bangladesh border would be brought under a "Border Protection Grid" for fool-proof security.

"The grid will comprise various elements including physical and non-physical barriers, surveillance systems, intelligence agencies, state police, Border Security Force (BSF) and other state and central agencies," Singh said....

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