Bangladesh agrees to Zero line fencing along Tripura border
Out of a total 37 proposed sites, Bangladesh has agreed to erect barbed wire fencing along the Zero line in nine stretches at Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura.
State Home department officials here today said the decision was communicated through Ministry of Home Affairs to the state government following long persuasion to save Indian establishments within 150 yards from actual border.
"Bangladesh had agreed in principle to erect wire fencing at 150 yards inside India in 13 locations considering the establishment of important institutions including airport, market and schools and in the first phase it allows nine places after several stages of discussions," the officials stated.
According to an MHA communique, fencing along Zero line would be allowed in Kasba Kalibari, Akhaura Checkpost, Agartala Airport, Mohanpur Bazar, Khowai Bazar of West Tripura, Belonia and Sabroom in South Tripura and Kailashahar of North Tripura among others.
The issue of Zero line fencing besides high terrain and difficult geography had stuck the wire fencing work over an area of 23 km on three sides of the state bordering Bangladesh, which were being used by anti-Indian forces to enter Indian territory, sources said.
Border Security Forces (BSF) had accused the Tripura government of delay in installing floodlights along Tripura- Bangladesh border.
While the state administration has accused the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of non-payment of allocated fund on time resulting in the delay, the agencies held adverse climate and non-availability of support service from the state responsible for the situation.
"Bad weather condition, critical topography, dispute over land acquisition and location for execution of the work seriously hampered the progress of fencing roughly over 190 km border area in Tripura," said National Project Construction Corporation (NPCC) officials.
They said floodlighting for 132 km area was ready for installation in western border of the state but Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) could not provide service connection efficiently to the targeted stretches and only 37 km border line had so far been electrified.