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Q. India and Bangladesh border roads: Comment on India’s decision to allow Bangladesh to use its roads to construct boarder outposts in Chittagong hill area.
Feb 27, 2017 Related to : GS Paper-2

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently India decided to throw open its border roads to help Bangladesh construct border outposts in Chittagong hill tracts, which is known for its inhospitable terrain. Some areas in Chittagong hill tracts, bordering Indian states Tripura and Mizoram, have no motorable roads and in this backdrop India has decided to allow the Bangladesh to construct 13 border outposts using the road connectivity available in the two States. The Border Security Force (BSF), deployed along the Bangladesh border, will monitor the construction activities. 

Why it is important-?

  • India’s decision to allow its roads to be used by Bangladesh boarder forces to construct border outposts in the inhospitable terrain of the Chittagong Hill Tracts shows the growing trust between two neighbours.
  • On multiple occasions, India has handed over details of insurgent camps operating from the Bangladesh soil, particularly in the dense Chittagong Hill Tract area. Following the leads, the neighbouring country has acted against these camps and demolished those. 
  • Now construction of roads along the Chittagong hill area will further helps in containing the insurgent camps operating from the Bangladesh soil, which have posed threat to India’s security. 
  • As many insurgent and terror camps operate from such no motarable terrain, building border outposts will helps for closer boarder management cooperation and it helps in destroying those elements which has posed security threat to both countries, particularly to India. 

Conclusion-

Since last few years India and Bangladesh relationship has been reached to new level of friendship. Both countries are suffering from security threats and insurgent groups which are based in Bangladesh boarder have posed severe security threat to north-eastern states of India. In this background India’s decision to allow Bangladesh to use its roads to build border outposts is welcome move and it will helps to contain insurgent groups to great extent.


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