indo-bangla border
Indo-Bangla border. (File image)

In a major step to stop illegal intrusion through the riverine areas from Bangladesh, the centre is all set to launch technological solution on Tuesday.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the project BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) in Dhubri sector of Indo-Bangla border.

“The implementation of this project will not only help BSF to curb all type of cross border crimes but also provide respite to the troops from round the clock human surveillance,” home minister official said.

Earlier home minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated two smart fencing pilot projects of five kilometers each on India-Pakistan international border in Jammu in the month of September, last year.

Border Security Force is responsible for safeguarding of 4,096 km long international border with Bangladesh.

“At various places, it is not possible to erect border fence due to the geographical barriers. The 61 kms of border area in Dhubri, where River Brahmaputra enters into Bangladesh is consisting of vast char lands and innumerable river channels thus making border guarding in this area, a daunting task especially during rainy season,” said the official.

BOLD-QIT is the project to install technical systems under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), which enables BSF to equip Indo-Bangla borders with different kind of sensors in unfenced riverine area of Brahmaputra and its tributaries.

“Now, the entire span of River Brahmaputra has been covered with data network generated by Microwave communication, OFC Cables, DMR Communication, day and night surveillance Cameras and intrusion detection system,” the official said.

These modern gadgets provide feeds to BSF Control Rooms on the Border and enable BSF quick reaction teams to thwart any possibility of illegal cross border crossing and crimes.

Significantly, to overcome border guarding problem in strategically important areas, ministry of home affairs in 2017 had decided to go for technological solution besides the physical presence of manpower of BSF.

In Jan, 2018, Information and Technology Wing of BSF undertook the project BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) and completed it in record time with the technical support of various manufacturers and suppliers.

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