Sundarbans Goes Hi-tech in Battle Against Infiltrators and Smugglers
The para-military force is using the Farheen laser wall technology at the Indo-Pakistan border and has reaped benefits through better management of the borders. (Image: Reuters)
The porous riverine border with Bangladesh at Sunderbans are shortly to be equipped with infra-ray pillars and smart sensors to prevent rampant infiltration and smuggling.
The BSF said that the infra-ray pillars and smart sensors were a technological answer to the growing problem of cross-border crimes.
Already installed, the devices would start operating once the monsoon was over in the next three months, the BSF, South Bengal, said.
A senior BSF official told PTI that the project would be first launched in three-four kilometres along the border stretch.
"The project will start in the next three months as we are waiting for the monsoon to get over. After that we will observe the devices till December. If everything goes well, the new system will be in place permanently by January, 2018," the official said.
According to BSF sources, the cost of tbe installation of the Infra-ray pillars per kilometre will be around Rs 25-30 lakh.
"Although funds are always a matter of concern, we will increase the coverage area from 3-4 kilometres to the entire stretch of the border where we don't have proper fencing due to the treacherous nature of the terrain," another BSF official said.
Of the 4,096-km Indo-Bangladesh border, as much as 2,216.7 area lies in West Bengal, out of which 300 km is riverine border with Bangladesh in the Sunderbans. The BSF patrols amid the dense mangrove forests or where the rivers meet the Bay of Bengal.
"The infra-ray pillars and smart sensors will be monitored through a satellite-based signal command system. They will have night and fog operability tools. The sensor blips alert border guards," the official said.
The para-military force is using the Farheen laser wall technology at the Indo-Pakistan border and has reaped benefits through better management of the borders.
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