In an endeavor to bolster border security measures, India has embarked on a significant project to fence the entire 1643-kilometer-long Indo-Myanmar border. Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement, underscoring the government’s commitment to fortifying national borders and enhancing surveillance capabilities.
India to Fence Indo-Myanmar Border: Key Points
End to Free Movement Regime: India’s decision to fence the entire border effectively terminates the Free Movement Regime, signaling a shift towards stricter border control policies.
- Addressing Security Concerns: With the surge of anti-Junta rebels and tribal militants crossing over since the 2021 Myanmar military coup, the fencing initiative aims to curb unauthorized border crossings and enhance security measures.
- Border Surveillance Enhancement: Apart from fencing, the plan includes paving a patrol track along the border to facilitate better surveillance capabilities, ensuring comprehensive monitoring of border activities.
- Geographical Coverage: The 1643-kilometer-long India-Myanmar border traverses through Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh, covering regions prone to border infiltrations.
Implementation Progress: Initial efforts have already commenced with a 10 km stretch of fencing completed in the Moreh region of Manipur. Pilot projects involving hybrid surveillance systems are also underway, with plans to fence 1 km stretches in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
Upcoming Works: Approval has been granted for additional fencing works covering approximately 20 km in Manipur, with implementation scheduled to commence shortly.