As the government is trying to find ways to pick up illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with the help of National Register of Citizens (NRC), the BSF has come up with a novel solution of installing underwater sensor along the 1,116 km riverine border, which is now the focal point of vigil by the BSF.
In addition, BSF is procuring underwater remote-operated vehicles for patrolling and to find the underwater routes taken by the human traffickers in pushing illegal immigrants across the border.
India and Bangladesh have a 2,979-km land border and 1,116 km of riverine boundary. They also share 54 common rivers, including the Brahmaputra. The 4,096-km border with Bangladesh runs along Bengal (2,216.7 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Tripura (856 km).
A senior BSF officer said on Bangladesh border, there are many non-feasible and problematic stretches where fencing cannot be done. For those parts, technical options are being explored. With the underwater remote-operated vehicles and hydrophone, the BSF are hoping to stop illegal immigration completely.
“The underwater sensors will be equipped with an inbuilt rechargeable battery uninterrupted and it must comprise a ruggedized LCD or LED. The sensor, being installed by the BSF, will also detect low-level, medium-level and high-level noise-producing objects within detection range and will have the ability for real-time visualization and transmission of collected data and can be deployed in rivers with fast current and under current,” an internal note of BSF stated.