GUWAHATI, March 5: A 61-km gaping hole in the Assam-Bangladesh border on Brahmaputra river providing infiltrators and criminals an access to India has been finally sealed with non-physical technological barriers in the lines of those used by Israel on its border with Palestine and the US.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) at Barmanpara border out post in Assam’s Dhubri district, five years after he had its effectiveness on Israel-Palestine border on the Gaza strip while on a trip to Israel.
The system will now enable BSF to equip Indo-Bangla borders with different kind of sensors in unfenced riverine area of Brahmaputra and its tributaries. Now, the entire span of Brahmaputra river has been covered with data network generated by microwave communication, optical fiber cables, digital mobile radio communication, day and night surveillance cameras and intrusion detection system, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
These modern gadgets will provide feeds to BSF control rooms on the border and enable BSF Quick Reaction Teams to thwart any possibility of Illegal cross border crossing or crimes. The new system will not only help BSF to curb all type of cross border crimes but also provide respite to the troops from round the clock human surveillance.
“Today this open border of 61 km length is completely sealed by technological solutions. There are few things that need to be upgraded and it will done in next couple of months,” Singh said later while addressing a public rally at Dhubri.
“I had seen this system of border protection in Israel and then we decided to have a similar one in India along borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh. This system will monitor 60 to 70 km from a command control from where the nearest border outpost can be sent in matter of three to four seconds if anything suspicious is detected,” Singh said.
Later addressing a press meet, Singh said the new project, under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), will equip the unfenced areas along the riverine border with sensors, enabling the troops to take prompt action against intrusion.
“The BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) project will cover the entire span of river Brahmaputra in Dhubri with data network generated by microwave communication, OFC cables, day and night surveillance cameras and intrusion-detection system,” he said.
Noting that the Border Security Force (BSF) is responsible for safeguarding of the 4,096-km-long International Border with Bangladesh, Rajnath Singh said, “At places, where it is not possible to erect a border fence due to the geographical barriers, this BOLD-QIT will prove effective. The implementation of this project will not just help the BSF crack a whip on cross-border crimes, but provide respite to the troops from round-the-clock human surveillance.”
The 61-km border in Dhubri district, where the Brahmaputra enters Bangladesh, comprises vast stretches of sand bank and innumerable river channels, making vigilance a daunting task for the BSF, especially during the rainy season.
Talking about a border project in West Bengal, the Home Minister said, “The state government there had assured us about a year back that it would acquire land. But that has not happened so far and work got delayed.”
The project named Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique (BOLD-QIT) under CIBMS was built in this border in a record time.
“At various places, it is not possible to erect border fence due to the geographical barriers. The 61 km of border area in Dhubri district where river Brahmaputra enters into Bangladesh consists of vast char (riverine islands) and innumerable river channels thus making border guarding in this area. It is a daunting task especially during rainy season,” a BSF spokesman said.
To overcome this problem, MHA in 2017 decided to go for technological solution besides the physical presence of manpower of BSF. In January next year the information and technology wing of BSF undertook the project and completed it in record time with the technical support of various manufacturers and suppliers.
Singh earlier has inaugurated two smart fencing pilot projects of five kilometers each on India-Pakistan international border in Jammu in September last year. (TNN/Agencies)