Amid objection from different northeastern states, including Mizoram and Nagaland, and many other organisations, the Centre on Tuesday, 6 February reiterated that the Indian government is committed to fence the entire 1,643 km-long India-Myanmar border.
Commenting on the development, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday, “It has been decided to construct a fence along the entire 1,643 km India-Myanmar border. To facilitate better surveillance, a patrol track along the border will also be paved.”
Shah also said the Narendra Modi government is committed to building impenetrable borders.
“Out of the total border length, a 10 km stretch in Moreh, Manipur, has already been fenced. Also, two pilot projects of fencing through a Hybrid Surveillance System (HSS) are under execution.
“They will fence a stretch of 1 km each in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Additionally, fence works covering approx 20 km in Manipur have also been approved, the work for which will start soon,” Shah said.
After the Mizoram government, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) has also opposed the Centre’s move to fence the India-Mayanmar border and scrap the Free Movement Regime (FMR) between the two countries.
The FMR allowed citizens residing close to both sides of the border to move 16 km into each other’s territory without passport or visa,
The NSCN-IM said it is totally against boundary fencing “in our lands that violates our rights as one family”.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had said the decision of the Centre to fence the India-Myanmar border needs thorough discussion before implementation.