Assam to get ‘smart fence’ to protect Indo-Bangladesh border

GUWAHATI : A new technique is being introduced to protect borders. Assam to get its first ‘smart fence’ pilot project to stop risky openings along a 55-km-long stretch of riverbank from India’s borders to Bangladesh, said the Border Security Forces (BSF) Chief.

The project is named as the comprehensive Integrated Border Management

System (CIBMS) which is a part of the Narendra Modi led government’s plan

to completely seal the India-Pakistan and the India-Bangladesh borders

within a 3-5 years time.

Border Security Force Director General K K Sharma stated that the maiden

testing of technical surveillance and alarm gadgetry was recently operationalised

in Dhubri, across the Brahmaputra. “The rolling out of the CIBMS pilot project

has been initiated recently in Assam’s Dhubri area.

This is a riverine border area and hence no fence could be erected  here,”

Sharma said. In the present scenario, BSF troops employ speed boats to

guard the area, which is highly prone to illegal migration and cattle smuggling

due to the changing course of the Brahmaputra River.

The DG also said that a similar project will be launched in the month of April

along the India-Pakistan International Border in two stretches of 5 km each in Jammu.

The technology which is being tested in the region Dhubri is a combination of

surveillance and warning systems, he said.

two thousand kilometers will come under border smart fence

He would not want to go into details about the devices being deployed, he added.

The BSF Chief said more than “2,000 kilometre of the border” along Pakistan and

Bangladesh will be brought under the domain of the ‘smart fence project’ which

uses infra-red cameras and radars, out of the total of a little over 6,300 km of

the two borders it is tasked to guard.

“In fact, on the Pakistan side, we may go in for CIBMS even at places where

we have fencing because we would like to be doubly sure”, he said.

Approximately, a length of more than 2,000 kilometre on both the borders has

been identified as being vulnerable or as being without fence where we need

to implement the CIBMS in the days to come, said the BSF Chief. ”

This rolling out process for the entire distance of 2,000 km will take

about 3-5 years time,” he said.

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