AGARTALA, April 4 � Of the total sanctioned 851 km of Indo-Bangla border fence in Tripura, a total of 715 km international border has been fenced in the State, according to official sources.
While erection of barbed wire fencing is in progress along 92 km Indo-Bangla border, a total of 135 km border, mostly in the State�s eastern part still remains unfenced.
However, construction agencies like Costal Construction Company Ltd and NPCC have been facing problems in erection of barbed wire fencing in the State�s eastern sector due to hostile conditions.
Geographical condition of the eastern parts � from Kanchanpur, Gandacherra to Longtharai Valley is not conducive for undertaking construction works due to terrain, dense forests and lack of proper roads.
During monsoon season, the construction agencies have to virtually stop fencing works due to the hostile conditions. More so, there was dearth of fund for fencing works for the past few months leading to tardy pace of work.
According to security analysts, the State�s eastern frontier still remains an area of concern as militants have been reportedly using it to enter into Indian soil from Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT). The CHT is still a breeding ground of anti-Indian elements despite Bangladesh�s law enforcement agencies onslaught on the militants.
Besides, two adverse possessions � Chandannagar in Kamalpur and Muhurichar in Belonia subdivision appear as a major trouble between the two sides. Since these areas are yet to be demarcated, the fencing work could not be taken up which may cause trouble for the BSF to ensure foolproof guarding along the international border.
To ensure free movement of vehicles along the border, the Centre has sanctioned construction of 738 km border roads. Of the total sanctioned border roads, around 524 km border roads have been constructed while works are in progress in 147 km border roads.
Of the total 683 km sanctioned for flood lighting, around 70-80 per cent works have been completed so far.