Home minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to inaugurate BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) on Tuesday, under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), on the India-Bangladesh border in Assam. The project will bring under electronic surveillance a “highly-porous” riverine section — consisting of ‘char’ (sand islands) and innumerable river channels. With this project, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) aims to keep a check on illegal immigration and smuggling of arms, ammunition, drugs and cattle.
The CIBMS is an integration of a number of new gadgets and technologies to ensure electronic surveillance of borders. The system, which Rajnath had first come across during his visit to Israel, enables round-the-clock surveillance on the border under different weather conditions. In September 2018, Rajnath inaugurated two similar smart fencing pilot projects of five kilometres each on India-Pakistan international border in Jammu. The government plans to cover all areas on the India-Pakistan and the India-Bangladesh borders in the next few years.
BOLD-QIT is a project to install technical systems under the CIBMS, which enables the Border Security Force (BSF) to equip India-Bangladesh borders with different kinds of sensors in the unfenced riverine area of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries. While the BSF is responsible for safeguarding the 4,096 kilometre-long International Border with Bangladesh, at various places, it is not possible to erect border fence due to the geographical barriers. The “smart fencing” will be operationalised in the 61-kilometre section of the international border in Dhubri district, where the Brahmaputra River enters into Bangladesh.Share this to your,