No plan to use floodlights on Indo-Pak border: Centre

ANIL ANAND

New Delhi, Dec 5: Centre has no plans to use modern floodlights on the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders to check infiltration and cross-border movement of militants.
Minister of state for Home M Ramachandran told Lok Sabha that despite having no plans to provide modern floodlights, the Government has sanctioned 3117 km. of floodlighting works along Indo-Bangladesh out of which work to the extent of 1179 kilometre has already been completed.
Similarly, 2019 km. of floodlighting works were sanctioned along Indo- Pakistan border, out of which work to the extent of 1869 km. has been completed. However, latest technology has been provided in the Force to check infiltration and cross border movement of terrorists at international border with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The Government has also authorized 1882 BOPs for both Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan borders. While Indo-Pakistan border will ahve 697 BOPs the rest will be on the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Out of total authorized 1882 BOPs, 509 composite BOPs were sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2009, which are to be constructed in a phased manner till March, 2014. The 509 BOPs include 38 BOPs of Jammu Frontier which already exist and have been approved by the Government for up-gradation as composite BOPs.
After establishment of all sanctioned BOPs along the borders of both theatres, the inter- BOPs distance will be less than 3,5 kilometer which will facilitate in enhancing the effective domination of the borders.
The Government has further disclosed that several latest technology-based special/surveillance equipments have been provided to the troops to check infiltration and cross border movement at International Borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh These include binocular, compass, twin telescope, hand-held laser range finder, passive night vision monocular, passive night vision goggles, hand-held thermal imager, day/night sights for weapons, passive night sight for 5.56 mm. INSAS Rile/LMG, global positioning system, door frame metal detector, long range rescue and observation systems, battle field surveillance radar, hand-held metal detector and hand-held search light.

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Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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