Indo-Bangladesh border. (File image)

New Delhi has initiated two pilot projects to replace the existing ‘old design and composite fencing’ with a new ‘anti-cut and anti-rust’ modular fencing (New Design Fence) to check illegal immigration from across the international borders.

Informing this in the Rajya Sabha, union minister of state for home, Nityanand Rai said the pilot project for construction of New Design Fence in 3 km stretch of the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam has been completed.

Another pilot project in 7.18 km stretch of the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab has been approved and work has been awarded, the union minister said.

“It has been decided to deploy technological solutions in the form of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), in difficult terrain on Indo-Pakistan Border (IPB) and Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB),” he said.

The CIBMS involves integration of manpower, sensors, networks, intelligence and command & control solutions and includes inter alia Electro-Optic Sensors (high resolution day & night cameras), Radars and other devices.

“To begin with two pilot projects covering about 71 km on Indo-Pakistan border (10 km) and Indo-Bangladesh border (61 km) have been completed,” Nityanand Rai said.

He informed that as on May this year, there were 1,133 declared foreigners detained in the six detention centres.

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