Rs.13,020 cr border management plan approved by Centre
In continuation to the Central Sector Umbrella Scheme, the Modi government has approved the continuation of the “Border Infrastructure and Management” (BIM) over the 15th Finance Commission Cycle from 2021-22 to 2025-26, at a cost of Rs.13,020 crore.
This decision will strengthen the border infrastructure for improving border management, policing, and guarding the borders.
The Ministry of Home Affairs under the guidance of Home Minister Amit Shah is committed to improving border infrastructure and management, it said.
The BIM scheme will help in the creation of infrastructures such as border fences, border floodlights, technological solutions, border roads and border outposts (BOPs), and company operating bases to secure India’s borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar.
India’s border with Pakistan is 3,323 km long, including about 775 km of the Line of Control. The length of the border is 4,096 km with Bangladesh, 3,488 km with China, 1,751 km with Nepal, 699 km with Bhutan, 1,643 km with Myanmar.
Officials said as part of the strategy to secure the borders as also to create infrastructure in the border areas of the country, the government has been taking many initiatives that include expeditious construction of fencing, floodlighting and roads along its borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar, and construction of strategic roads along its borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan.
The government has also deployed hi-tech electronic surveillance equipment on international borders and constructed additional BOPs.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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