Land swap with Bangladesh

By | March 8, 2016

Land swap with Bangladesh

The ratification of Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 and its Protocol of 2011 has resulted in the exchange of 111 Indian enclaves (with a total area of 17,160.63 acres) in Bangladesh with 51 Bangladeshi enclaves (with a total area of 7,110.02 acres) in India and preservation of the status quo on territories in adverse possession. Moreover, with the adjustment of adverse possession in the implementation of Protocol, India received 2777.038 acres of land and transferred 2267.682 acres of land to Bangladesh.

Basic amenities are lacking in the 51 erstwhile Bangladesh enclaves handed over to India. The Government of India has approved a scheme which includes improvement/creation of infrastructure in former Bangladesh enclaves in India to be funded by the Government of India and implemented by the Government of West Bengal over of period of 5 years i.e. 2015-16 to 2019-20.

The Government has sanctioned barbed wire fencing to the extent of 3326.14 km along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Out of this, fencing to the extent of 2716.57 km has been completed. The ongoing works are targeted to be completed by March, 2019.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Shri Vinod Kumar Sonkar in the Lok Sabha today.

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