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Fencing on schedule: BRTF chief

Imphal, Nov. 9: The construction of the 10km border fencing along the Moreh sector of the Indo-Myanmar border would be completed according to schedule despite various challenges, Border Roads Task Force director-general Lt Gen. S. Ravi Shankar today said,

The director-general was here for a daylong visit during his tour of the Northeast to inspect progress of the construction of various roads and bridges taken up by the task force in the region. He left Imphal today.

“We face challenges in constructing the border fencing, as there are no proper roads to transport the goods,” the officer said. He said the work on fencing began last year and would be completed by December 2014.

Sources said the Indo-Myanmar border was porous and this was aiding activities like the smuggling of heroin from the Golden Triangle.

The director-general said security was not a problem for the engineers and workers in any part of Manipur, as they had the full support of the local people. “There are some stray incidents here and there. But this will not stop us from continuing with our projects.”

He said construction of the Indo-Myanmar friendship road — the 160km Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa road inside Myanmar — was completed and 132km stretch of the road has been handed over to the Myanmar works ministry.

The resurfacing of the remaining portion would be completed during this financial year. This road connects Manipur via Moreh, Manipur’s border town.

Stating that the task force was taking up projects on more than 13,200km of roads in Manipur, the director-general expressed his satisfaction at the progress of work.