India-Bangladesh border along Dhubri district in Assam is going to come under the surveillance of BOLD-QIT (Border electronically dominated quick response team interception technique), which will be inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.
It is a part of the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), which many countries including Israel have adopted to ensure proper border management.
"The implementation of this project will not only help the Border Security Force (BSF) to curb all types of cross border crimes but will also provide respite to the troops from round the clock human surveillance," said the government in a statement on Monday.
Earlier, Home Minister Singh had inaugurated two smart fencing pilot projects of five kilometers each on India-Pakistan international border in Jammu in September last year.
It is worth mentioning that the BSF is responsible for the safeguarding of 4,096 km long international border with Bangladesh. It is not possible to erect a border fence at various places due to geographical barriers.
The 61-km long border area in Dhubri district in Assam where river Brahmaputra enters into Bangladesh consists of vast char lands and innumerable river channels, thus making the border guarding in the area a daunting task, especially during the rainy season.
To overcome this problem, the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2017 decided to go for a technological solution, besides the physical presence of manpower of BSF. In January last year, the Information and Technology wing of BSF undertook the project BOLD-QIT and completed it in record time with the technical support of various manufacturers and suppliers.
With the BOLD-QIT project, the entire span of river Brahmaputra has been covered with the data network generated by microwave communication along with other paraphernalia, day and night surveillance cameras, and intrusion detection system.
These modern gadgets provide feeds to the BSF control rooms on the border and enable BSF Quick Reaction Teams to thwart any possibility of illegal cross border crossing and crimes.