Bangladesh Border Fencing – UPSC GS3

  • India and Bangladesh share a 4,096 km land boundary, largest among the international boundaries that India shares with its neighbours.
  • The border runs along five states, West Bengal (2,216.7 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Tripura (856 km) and Mizoram (318 km).
Border Management:
  • Half of the 4,096-km long border India shares with Bangladesh has been fenced.
  • The remaining half will be fenced by 2019 deadline.
  • Aim of fencing the India-Bangladesh border is to curb infiltration and smuggling of cattle and fake Indian currency notes (FICN).
  • However, land acquisition is a major challenge to completing the work by the deadline.
  • Besides, government is going to use technological solutions such as cameras and lasers across cross border rivers, where fencing is not possible.


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