India to set up 383 more BOPs
India will set up 383 additional border outposts (BOPs) on its border with Bangladesh by 2014 to effectively monitor the borders and check infiltration.
Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said this while addressing members of parliamentary consultative committee attached to his ministry on Tuesday.
Chidambaram said in pursuance of Group of Ministers' recommendation to reduce inter-BOP distance to 3.5km, the government has approved construction of additional 509 BOPs-- 383 on India-Bangladesh border and 126 on India-Pakistan border.
He said the increased number of BOPs would help in effectively monitoring the border. The project is scheduled to be completed within 2013-2014.
The home minister said BOPs now have better infrastructure.
Chidambaram also told the committee that the government was exploring use of modern technology in border management by using proper fencing, floodlights and other latest technologies available in this field.
The experiences of advanced countries are being studied for better management of borders, the home minister said.
The minister said the border area people, with the help and assistance of concerned authorities, are managing the private land beyond the fence.