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New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated two pilot projects of smart fencing along the Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu on September 17, 2018. Speaking on the occasion, Rajnath said that the government has taken a number of initiatives to make the borders of the country more secure. He said that the Centre has been making maximum use of technology to make the security system on the borders stronger and effective.

The Minister said that smart fencing on the borders is a technological solution devised to address the security issues in the border states and the two projects in 5 km areas each have been installed along the Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu on a pilot basis. He said that with this smart fencing, the number of casualties of our jawans on borders would get minimised and the stress level among them would also reduce to a large extent.

The Union Home Minister further added that with the digital smart fencing, our borders would become absolutely safe since it would virtually make it impossible for the terrorists to breach it and infiltrate across the borders, according to a PIB release.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, Director General, Border Security Force, K K Sharma and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

Later, addressing the media, Rajnath said  that making border security  foolproof is a priority of the  Government. Around 2,026 km border is vulnerable and that the digital fencing technology would be utilised along such long stretches of the borders, he added. The Minister said that with the help of smart border fencing, our borders would become secure and the dependence on ground patrolling by troops will be considerably reduced.

The smart border fencing projects built under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) programme is the first of its kind in the country. The two projects  each covering a 5.5 km border stretch along the International Border  have got hitech surveillance system that would create an invisible electronic barrier on land, water and even in air and underground and would help the BSF detect and foil infiltration bids in most difficult terrains. The CIBMS is designed to guard stretches where physical surveillance is not possible either due to inhospitable  terrain or riverine borders.

CIBMS uses a number of different devices for surveillance, communication and data storage.  Sensors like Thermal Imager, UGS, Fiber Optical Sensors, Radar, Sonar have been mounted on different platforms like Aerostat, tower, poles etc. The signals reach the Unified Command and Control Centre where the BSF can monitor the border on real-time basis.

Duing his visit to Jammu, the Home Minister also participated in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and administered Swachhta pledge to BSF officers, jawans and officers.

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