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BSF to put up smart fence to plug loopholes

The country’s largest border guarding force, with over 2.5 lakh personnel under its command, 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.

The Border Security Force, 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. ‘We need to upgrade and modernise everything... Right from our weaponry and communication devices to infrastructure.

We have a modernisation plan and budget of over Rs 4,500 crore which will run for a five-year period,’ BSF Director General DK Pathak told reporters ahead of the forces’ 49th Raising Day on 1 December. He said BSF is looking for ‘technical solutions where fencing is not possible’ which includes testing of foreign- made gadgets. ‘We had floated global tenders (to procure these items)... We have identified some of them (equipment) and we will implement some of them soon,’ Pathak said.

The BSF chief, whose force guards the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangla borders with varied patches of riverine, marshy and desert area, said the force is aiming to ‘increase its capabilities and procure Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and surveillance equipment.
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