New Delhi, April 11: As an answer to increasing infiltration across the border, the Center has approved a five-layer elaborate plan to lock the 2,900-km west Indian borders.
The plan includes round-the-clock surveillance through sophisticated technology like CCTV cameras, thermal image and night-vision devices, battlefield surveillance radar, underground monitoring sensors and laser barriers.
This set up is primarily being made to ensure that any system failure will have a back-up. The Laser barriers will cover the unfenced sections, which include riverines and mountain terrain from Jammu and Kashmir to Gujarat, which is often being used by infiltrators.
An official said, "The government has given its nod to the 'Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System' (CIBMS) for 24x7x365 surveillance of the border through technology. It is the only solution to avoid further terror attacks like Pathankot, infiltration and smuggling of any material. Even though it will cost a bomb, the government has realised that this is the only way to avoid further attacks. Interestingly, it is also the first time since Independence that India will completely lock its western border."
The CIBMS will also help in nabbing people who help infiltrators in trespassing as the CCTV cameras will have a 360 degree coverage and would be working day and night.
Work on a 5km stretch has already started in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Another 30 km has been approved in Gujarat for CIBMS installation.