The BSF facility is also working on replacing laser technology with infra-red rays with enhanced capabilities. Post the Uri attack, such changes to the border posts and other technology shall be significant.
In a bid to foil infiltration attempts, the government is pumping around Rs 1,000 crore in the multi-layered security infrastructure on land as well as water.
According to Home Ministry officials, an indigenous sensor technology has been developed to detect infiltrators under water, will be integrated in an anti-infiltration grid that also included laser walls, thermal imagers and ground sensors at various riverine gaps on the border in Jammu and Punjab.
The security establishment believes that by fencing the underwater infiltration, India will strengthen its terrestrial defences. An official also added that training on water, including swimming in swift rivers and diving, is part of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) training module and that divers could be used to infiltrate in future.
“Last year, there was an instance where a consignment of heroin was sent from across the border stuffed in a tube and covered with hyacinth. Had it not been for prior intelligence, it would have crossed the border under water,” told the official to The Indian Express.
This move by the government is expected to complement massive repair work at the Punjab border. “The repair of about 250 km of the 550 km of border fencing has been sanctioned. The quality of material chosen for fencing is also better. The existing fencing is made of wrought iron, which is prone to rusting. The new fencing would be of galvanised metal,” said the official.
Additionally, the BSF facility is also working on replacing laser technology with infra-red rays with enhanced capabilities. Post the Uri attack, such changes to the border posts and other technology shall be significant.
“At the moment, they (infra-red rays) are able to cover gaps of only about 100 metres. The BSF is working on increasing it to 500-700 metres so that areas where rivers stretch to more than half-a-kilometre can be secured,” said the official.
The Ministery has also sanctioned the concretization of over 800 posts on the border that would grant BSF personnel greater protection from snipers and during ceasefire violations. The border post project will alone cost around Rs 100 crore, estimated an official. While, installing ground sensors would cost about Rs 1 crore per km. With about 750 km of the western border to be covered, the multi-layered technical security infrastructure is likely to cost in excess of Rs 1,000 crore.