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. It is called the comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS). Border Security Force Director General KK Sharma said 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 BSF chief said more than “2,000 kilometre of the border” along Pakistan and Bangladesh will be brought under the ambit of the ‘smart fence project’ – that 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. 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