India to secure 1,643 km Myanmar border: Home Minister announces fence and patrol track

India announces ambitious plans to fortify its 1,643 km-long border with Myanmar, with the construction of a fence and patrol track, as revealed by the Home Minister.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah revealed on Tuesday that the central government has taken a decisive step to fortify the entire 1,643-kilometer Indo-Myanmar border by constructing a fence. In addition, plans are underway to establish a patrol track along the border to bolster surveillance efforts.

The Modi government is determined to fortify our borders. We have decided to erect a fence along the entire 1,643-kilometer Indo-Myanmar border. A patrol track will be laid along the border to improve surveillance capabilities, according to Home Minister Shah in a statement shared on an X post.

He further disclosed that the government has already completed fencing a 10-kilometre stretch in Moreh, Manipur, out of the total border length. Additionally, two pilot projects are in progress, focusing on fencing through a Hybrid Surveillance System (HSS). These projects will cover a kilometre each in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, Shah elaborated.

Moreover, approvals have been secured for fence construction spanning approximately 20 kilometres in Manipur, with work slated to commence imminently, the home minister affirmed.

Despite sharing about 390 kilometres of its border with Myanmar, only a fraction has been fenced off in Manipur thus far. Last July, the state government reported an influx of approximately 700 illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, Mizoram has experienced an influx of anti-Junta rebels numbering in the thousands following the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021. Government estimates suggest that several thousand refugees have sought shelter in various parts of Mizoram since the coup.

Mizoram’s border with Myanmar spans 510 kilometers. Chief Minister N Biren Singh of Manipur noted that several individuals from Myanmar attempted to enter his state but retreated upon encountering a substantial presence of security personnel.

Beyond Manipur and Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh shares a 520-kilometer border with Myanmar, while Nagaland shares a 215-kilometer border with the country.

The move to fortify the Indo-Myanmar border underscores India’s commitment to national security and territorial integrity. By implementing these measures, the government aims to curb illegal immigration and enhance surveillance capabilities along the border regions.