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Tuesday , December 11 , 2012
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JB inspects fencing in Dhubri

- Patnaik assures BSF of more funds to finish work by 2015

Dhubri, Dec. 10: Assam governor J.B. Patnaik visited the India-Bangladesh border at Mancachar in Dhubri district today.

The governor landed at the BSF Panbari camp helipad around noon and flew to Mancachar with BSF officials and inspected the border fencing.

Patnaik also inspected the Sahapara fencing near Mancachar.

He went to the passport checkpost and spoke to the officials manning the post on the quality of wire being used in the fencing and total length of fence.

Later, speaking to reporters at Mancachar border outpost, the governor said the fencing of the third phase, floodlights and security-related work would be completed by 2015.

I wanted to come Mancachar much earlier to see the border fencing and security measure along the international border. I have seen land and riverine borders as well. For better security, floodlight is required and work is going and it will be completed soon, Patnaik said.

On erosion of the river, which threatened the border fencing and road, the governor assured to take up the matter with authority for sanctioning more funds and speedy completion of the anti-erosion work to protect the border.

He also held a meeting with the BSF officials at Mancachar border outpost camp where the officials briefed him about the various constraints prevailing in the border areas and urged upon him to address them.

Patnaik flew back to Guwahati from Mancachar in the afternoon.

During floods this year, the BSF had to operate from boats after the border outposts in the riverine area were washed away. Major part of the border outpost at Masalabari Char has eroded. Several other border outposts, including Chowki Char, Ghaspara, Salapara and New Diwaner Alga are also facing erosion threat.

A BSF source said there are 17 border outposts on the 44km riverine border in the district 14 manned by the 22 Battalion, while three border outposts by 162 Battalion of the force. The outposts at Chowki Char, Mahamaya Char, Moslabari Char, Kalair Char and Old Dewaner Alga were the worst affected. Erosion is also threatening the border road from Hatsinghimari to Sishumara.

Installation of floodlights on the borders in the district, sanctioned by the Union ministry of home affairs in 2006, has missed its 2012 deadline.