India to put up smart fence to plug loopholes
In order to plug loopholes in porous and unfenced borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan, India will soon set up a 'smart fence' mechanism as part of an over Rs 4,500-crore modernisation plan being implemented by BSF.
The country's largest border guarding force has recently begun the trial of these sophisticated and technical smart fencing systems in a four-km stretch in Jammu and Punjab sectors where fencing with barbed wires is not possible due to difficult topography or inclement weather.
BSF, in a maiden initiative, is also undertaking an ambitious upgradation of its surveillance equipment, guns and artillery to effectively secure over 7,000-km border on the western and eastern flanks of the country.
Officials said the force is procuring a smart 'motion sensor alarm' which blips and alerts border guards in case there is a movement along the unfenced stretch of the frontier which is located in difficult terrain. A similar laser-guided gadget is being put to test to detect hidden tunnels in border areas and undulating land.
At present, about 35 percent of the border with Bangladesh and 15 percent of the border with Pakistan is unfenced.