India to spend over Rs 919 cr to ramp up border infra this year
The home ministry is implementing projects for the creation of infrastructure under Border Infrastructure and Management (BIM) Scheme
In order to ramp up infrastructure in border areas, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to spend Rs 919.95 crore in the 2020-21 fiscal under the Border Infrastructure and Management Scheme, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
He said the MHA is implementing various projects for the creation of infrastructure under Border Infrastructure and Management (BIM) Scheme to secure the border areas which inter-alia included construction of border roads, Border Out Posts (BOPs), border fencing and floodlights.
As per MoS Nityanand Rai, Rs 237.93 crore was granted for the development of infrastructure along the Indo-China border in the current financial year. However, in the year between 2014 and 2019, for the development of infrastructure along the 3488-km long Line of Actual Control, Rs 1670.9 crore was spent.
Similarly, for the construction of roads, border fencing, floodlights and other infrastructure along the India-Bangladesh border, Rs 651.76 crore was granted in the financial year 2020-21. From 2014 to 2019, the 4096.7-km India-Bangladesh border, which is the largest land border in comparison to other border areas in the country, Rs 5,264.76 crore was provided for the construction of infrastructure.
With regard to the Indo-Myanmar border, Rs 20.38 crore will be spent on the development of infrastructure, the Minister of State for Home Affairs told the Lower House of Parliament. In between 2014 and 2019, Rs 82.38 crore was provided for the development of infrastructure along the 1643-km Indo-Myanmar border.
On the other hand, Rs 9.88 crore has been allocated for the development of infrastructure along the 699-km long Indo-Bhutan border. From 2014 to 2019, Rs 106.59 crore was spent on the creation of infrastructure along the Indo-Bhutan border, the Minister for State for Home Affairs said.