The total length of the India-Bangladesh border is 4,096.70 km Credit: Representational image

Agartala: The total length of the India-Bangladesh border is 4,096.70 km, of which 1,880 km is along Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Tripura (856Km) and Mizoram (318 km). Out of 1,880 km (approx), 1,477 km has been covered by fencing; the remaining 403 km (approx) will be covered by technological solutions (approx 62 km) and physical fencing (approx 341 km).

This was stated by Union minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai, while responding to a question raised by West Tripura MP Pratima Bhoumik during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

“The fencing work could not be completed due to difficult terrain, short working season, land acquisition problems, public protests and objections raised by Border Guard Bangladesh. The Centre is regularly monitoring the progress of work to ensure its completion at the earliest,” minister added.

Replying to queries, Union minister of communication Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Under BharatNet Project (earlier known as National Optical Fiber Network), all the 2,50,000 (approx) gram panchayats of the country are planned to be provided with broadband connectivity. As on November 7, by laying 3,80,988-km Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), a total of 1,40,668 Gram Panchayats (GPs) have been connected, out of which 1,27,393 GPs have been made service ready.”

In addition, 983 GPs have been made service ready on satellite media. As part of BharatNet project, the Last Mile connectivity, through Wi-Fi or any other suitable broadband technology to access broadband /internet services is to be provided at all the 2.5 lakh GPs in the country, the minister said.

As of now, Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed in 45,769 GPs (including GPs connected through satellite media) and out of them, services are being provided in 16,151.

In the Northeast, Assam has four GPs satellite installed but zero active. Manipur having 161 but only six active, Meghalaya has all 70 active, Tripura has 80 but zero working, Arunachal Pradesh 142 out of 142, the minister said.

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