DHUBRI, Jan 21 - The 60.740-km open Indo-Bangla riverine border, that is considered to be a passage for many cross-border illegal activities, will now be equipped with underground and underwater sensor (Sonar).
While addressing a press conference on Sunday, the officials of the Border Security Forces (BSF), explained that they have taken up a project �BOLD-QIT� to install technical systems under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), which will enable them to equip the Indo-Bangla borders with different kind of sensors.
These sensors will keep the terrain borders as well as the riverine borders under surveillance round the clock. The officials also claimed that these sensors would make their security system error free as they would be able to make the land, water as well as underground, underwater border and airspace free from any kind of encroachments.
The riverine borders � that the State shares with the Bangladesh are mainly in the Brahmaputra river and a little portion in the river Gadadhar � are considered to be the longest riverine borders in the country.
According to BSF officials, sealing this riverine borders with traditional fences is impossible because of the �unpredictable nature of the rivers�. However, to curb these issues, the BSF will install the Sonar sensors under water, which will be active round the clock and will continuously send message about the activities of these borders to the three local command centres and the master control room at Barman Para.
The local command centres will be at the riverine BOP of Gaspara, Hatichar and Montichar. The BSF officials also informed that the command Centres will be of flexible and dynamic in nature so that it can be shifted to boats during flood.
�The Sonar will be helpful during bad weather and at night when most of the illegal activities take place in the riverine border,� said AK Sharma IG of BSF for Communication and IT. He also informed that to seal the borders of Dhubri with CIBMS, an amount of Rs 86 crore has been sanctioned by the Centre and the installation of the latest equipments will be done mostly by the skilled BSF officials. Sharma further said that the installation of the latest equipments will be finished by October this year.