Agartala: Amid the national lockdown and curfew along the Indo-Bangla international border, Tripura government has resumed the fencing working in Sepahijala district which was stopped following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Tripura shares 856-km-long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which around 67 km area is unfenced.
Speaking with EastMojo, Sepahijala district magistrate CK Jamatira said that the work for fencing in Sonamura subdivision has resumed which had stopped following the lockdown. “Around 8.5 km area under Sepahijala district is unfenced and on Friday the work has resumed in two locations — NC nagar and Kailashnagar. Work in Sobhapur village would soon begin,” Jamatia said.
He also said that the BSF had barbed wire coils in the unfenced patches after the announcement of lockdown. The NBCC has now resumed the fencing work and that the entire 8.5 km stretch would be completed in three phases.
“We have set a target of finish the composite row fencing in 1.5 km within the month of June. The entire 8.5 km stretch would be fenced with barbed wire with single row,” Jamatia added.
Earlier, the border management authority under the ministry of home affairs had set the target of completing barbed wire fencing in the 67 km unfenced area within July this year.
Dhalai district magistrate magistrate Brahmneet Kaur said that the intensified patrolling in the entire bordering area in the district after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. “The patches which are yet to be fenced in Ambassa are and adjoining areas having the international border with Bangladesh are under the surveillance of the security forces so that no illegal migrant can enter into the Indian territory,” Kaur said.
Earlier on April 20, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, while the BSF and police had already been put on alert to intensify patrolling in the unfenced patches of Sonamura, Boalkhali, Gandacherra and other parts of the state, the chief minister stressed upon maintaining close vigil along the international boundary with Bangladesh so that not a single person from the neighbouring country can enter Tripura.
“I have come across some news items which claimed that social distancing is not being maintained in Bangladesh. If it is true, then we have to be extra careful since our state shares a long border with that country. We all have to be more active so that nobody from Bangladesh can enter Tripura,” Deb wrote.