The attacks in Gurdaspur and Pathankot exposed the vulnerability of India’s border and the defence establishment has now turned to high technology to manage the issue.
Work has begun on building a high-tech Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS). Columnist Minhaz Merchant reported in DailyO that the system will have a multi-layered protective shield and will cover India’s entire western land border from Gujarat to Jammu and Kashmir.
“CIBMS technology is similar to Israel’s security shield on its sensitive borders with several Arab countries. The high-tech equipment includes thermal imaging devices, 360 degree battlefield surveillance radar, night vision cameras, laser barriers and underground monitoring sensors,” Merchant has written.
The CIBMS will be linked in realtime 24 hours of the day to multiple control rooms at a distance of every five kilometers along the border. “Simultaneously, the fencing at the border will be strengthened with over 2,00,000 floodlights installed on 50,000 poles.”
The Indo-Pakistan border has some 130 unfenced riverine sections which are used by terrorists for infiltration. These will now be blocked with laser barriers, along with steel, razor-sharp barbed wire rolls. – CINEWS