Manipur govt in talks with Border Road Organization for additional fencing of 70km along Indo-Myanmar border

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Imphal:  The centre is likely to take up fencing of an additional 70 km along the Indo-Myanmar border on the Manipur side. Regarding the matter, Border Road Organization (BRO), the central agency currently engaging in the fencing of 10 km along the border at Moreh section of the Manipur sector of the Indo-Myanmar, held a meeting in Imphal on Sunday.

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The meeting convened by chief minister N Biren Singh was attended by the chief secretary, the DGP and officials of the Home department apart from the officials of the BRO, an official source said.

The meeting discussed the implementation of an additional 70 km of border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border on the Manipur side, the source added.

The chief minister, on his Facebook, also said that the meeting deliberated the plan to begin the fencing work.

“Held a meeting with the officials of BRO and deliberated the plan to begin construction of an additional 70 km of border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border,” he wrote.

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“In view of the rise in illegal immigration and drugs smuggling from the neighbouring country, safeguarding our porous borders has become an urgent necessity,” he further wrote.

Sources disclosed that during the meeting, the chief minister emphasized the significance of border fencing in preventing the influx of illegal immigrants.

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The Border Road Organization (BRO) is currently engaging in the border fencing work along the Manipur sector of the Indo-Myanmar border from BP 79 to BP 81 covering a distance of 10 km from Moreh to Kwatha in Tengnoupal district.

Manipur has a long porous international border of 398 km with Myanmar. The importance of border fencing was re-emphasized in the report by the Group of Ministers, Government of India, and published in 2001.

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