First Smart Fence Along Bangladesh Border In Assam Is Now Operational

The border area is highly prone to illegal migration and cattle smuggling. (File)

New Delhi:  The first ‘smart fence’ pilot project to plug vulnerable gaps along India’s borders has been rolled out in Assam on a riverine stretch with Bangladesh, the Border Security Force chief said.

The project is a part of the Modi government’s ambitious plan to completely seal the India-Pakistan and the India-Bangladesh borders in the next few years. It is called the comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS).

Border Security Force Director General KK Sharma told news agency PTI that the maiden testing of technical surveillance and alarm gadgetry was recently operationalised on the 55-km-long stretch 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,” Mr Sharma said.

At present, BSF troops use speed boats to guard this patch, which is highly prone to illegal migration and cattle smuggling due to the changing course of the mighty river.

No permanent structure – like border posts – can be erected in the area.

The Director General said a similar project will be launched this month along the India-Pakistan International Border, in two stretches of 5 km each, in Jammu.

The technology being tested in the Dhubri region is a mix of surveillance and warning systems, he said, adding, he would not want to go into…

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