Rajnath Singh launches ‘smart fence’ along India-Bangladesh border in Assam

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated a 61-km long smart fencing between India and Bangladesh in Assam’s Dhubri district, saying that the entire India-Bangladesh border would gradually be fenced using smart technology.

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Called BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique), this is the third smart fence project launched under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) after two similar projects covering a 10-km stretch on the India-Pakistan border were inaugurated last year.

CIBMS involves deployment of a range of surveillance technologies – thermal imagers, infra-red and laser-based intruder alarms, aerostats for aerial surveillance, unattended ground sensors that can help detect intrusion bids, radars, sonar systems to secure riverine borders, fibre-optic sensors and a command and control system that receives data from all surveillance devices in real time.

“In September 2018, two pilot projects of ‘smart’ border fencing built under the CIBMS programme were operationalised in Jammu,” Singh told reporters, adding that over a period of time the complete border will be covered.

He also said that implementation of the project will help in integration of manpower, sensors, networks, intelligence and command and control solutions to improve situational awareness at different levels of the hierarchy in order to facilitate prompt and informed decision-making and quick reaction to emerging situations.

Speaking on the occasion, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that adoption of high-end technologies for sealing the India-Bangladesh border would protect Assam’s identity. “Today’s inauguration of the smart fencing project only executed the announcement of Union home minister Rajnath Singh made in 2014 of using science and technology for guarding the India-Bangladesh border,” he said.