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Assam additional chief secretary of Home and Political Department Kumar Sanjay Krishna visited the Indo-Bangladesh international border at Karimganj on Wednesday.

He reviewed various problems of the border area at a meeting held at the International Trade Centre, Sutarkandi in Karimganj and took stock of the development works in the border area.

The additional chief secretary said that 4.35 km open border will be fenced in Karimganj town. He said this while holding a meeting with district administration and senior officials of Border Security Force (BSF) after visiting the border area.

He also said that the Government is well aware of the problems of people residing in the border areas. BSF officials asked upon the administration for construction of houses for the people residing inside the fenced areas. BSF officials, while making a Power Point Presentation (PPT) at the meeting, asked the administration to implement anti-erosion scheme in riverine border area of Karimganj district.

The meeting also discussed the elephant corridor constructed at Indo-Bangladesh border at Champabari of Karimganj district to facilitate smooth movement of elephants between India and Bangladesh. The ‘high-mast light’ was fitted in the corridor to check human infiltration through it.

Earlier, additional chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna visited the zero point at border in Sutarkandi of Karimganj district with BSF officials and deputy commissioner M S Manivannan. He was briefed about a smart fencing measuring three km completed in Latitila, the disputed place which was demarcated a few years back.

The BSF officials stressed on the need of shifting one cremation ground at Cherakuri area of the district. The BSF officials also emphasized on shifting of people residing inside the fenced area in the border. The BSF also requested to expedite the work of ‘High Power Line’ executed by APDCL in the district.

The additional chief secretary was also apprised that due to strict vigils at the border, infiltration and smuggling have come down to a large extent. Around 25 cattle seized from the smugglers are in the custody of BSF for last three months. Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, special DIG (Border) asked the BSF to seize illegal goods as per guidelines.

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