Indo-Bangla Border

Digital fencing goes into operation

Gautam Lahiri

6 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: Digital smart fencing system that India has installed along its border with Bangladesh has gone into operation. 

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the operation on Tuesday.

The 61-km fencing project has been implemented along the border of Dhubri district in the Indian state of Assam under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS).

The fencing system has been installed along the riverine stretch of India-Bangladesh border through which the Brahmaputra river enters Bangladesh.

The Indian government implemented the project, as its borders security forces face problems to ensure security in the inaccessible bordering areas where innumerable reclaimed lands and river channels create obstacles to carrying out border patrol, the Indian minister said.

As the traditional mode of border security system failed to ensure border  security properly, the home ministry has decided to solve the problems with application of sophisticated digital fencing system.

After successful implementation of this project, the ground-based members of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) will be capable of  ensuring border security activities in these areas, applying this digital mode of border fencing system.

Earlier in September, 2018, two pilot projects of smart border fencing systems were built under the CIBMS programme in the Indian state of Jammu, said the minister while talking to reporters.

Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique (BOLD-QIT) system will be built as the conventional border security system is not feasible along such riverine borderline here, the minister said.

Technologies like thermal imaging, infrared imaging, laser-based alarming system and aerial surveillance will be used in BOLD-QIT system.

Implementation of this project on Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders will enhance the capabilities of the members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), he also said. 

On completion of this project, BSF will be able to detect and control the cross-border crimes like illegal infiltration, smuggling of contraband goods, human trafficking, and terrorism, sources said.