Border issues like intrusion and cow trade has become a major problem in reference to law and order situation in West Bengal, and Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee always took a dig at the centre and accused them for not taking adequate measures to curb border intrusion. The Chief Minister of Bengal also blamed the Border Security Force for the fiasco.
Recently the NRC issue also made headlines and the TMC chief made it a political agenda. But now equations has changed and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has agreed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s request to acquire 300 acres of land in the state and give it to the Centre for constructing barbed wire fencing along the Bangladesh border, official said.
The move came after the Home Minister wrote to the Chief Minister, whose government had been dithering for months over acquiring the land, leading to a delay in construction of a fence along the international border.
Rajnath’s letter to Mamata, requesting her to acquire and hand over about 300 acres of land, has worked a Home Minister official privy to the development said. The firebrand leader of West Bengal enjoys cordial relations with the Home Minister, who is known to have friends across political parties and acts as an emissary of the Narendra Modi government whenever necessary.
With an agreement on handing over the land, the long delayed construction of the fencing in the West Bengal sector of the India-Bangladesh border is expected to start soon, the official said.
As per ministry of Home Affairs data, India shares a 4,096 kilometre border with Bangladesh. Of this 2216 kilometre falls in West Bengal. The border in the state is infamous for a variety of crimes, such as illegal immigrations, and smuggling of cattle and narcotics.
The Home Minister had written similar letters to the Chief Ministers of UP, Meghalaya, Tripura and Bihar, which helped resolve pending issues related to the acquisition of land in the states, official said.
The Home Minister on Friday also reviewed the progress of various projects being undertaken along the borders with China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.