Source: News Bharati English09 Mar 2017 10:47:00

New Delhi: March 9: Supreme Court tells Centre to complete fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border soon on Wednesday. Apex Court directed the Centre to release funds for fencing the India-Bangladesh border to check cross-border influx of illegal Bangladesh nationals into Assam.The court perused the Centre's status report on the progress made in the works relating to securing and fencing the border and said, the task has to be completed soon. Additional Solicitor General PS Patwalia, appearing for the Centre, said the Expenditure and Finance Committee will meet tomorrow to decide on the issue of releasing funds.

Patwalia told the court that government had finalised some tenders and work orders issued to successful bidders for fencing. The process of re-tendering (in some cases) has been started, he added.

He also appraised the court that in some cases, the process of re-tendering has been initiated and effort was on to acquire land. Assam government has sought Rs 2.96 crore for acquiring land to be used for creating the infrastructure to secure the border, Patwalia said.

Meanwhile, the apex court had on December 17, 2014, passed a string of directions, including an order to the government to complete fencing work along India-Bangladesh border within three months to check illegal cross-border influx of Bangladesh nationals into Assam and streamline the process to deport them back.