India to seal its western border with Pakistan for the first time since independence

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The central government approved a five-layer intricate plan to stop infiltration of terrorists through India’s western border with Pakistan.

It involves round-the-clock surveillance using sophisticated technology and aims to seal India’s western border to prevent Pathankot-like terror attacks or smuggling.

The technologies include CCTV cameras, thermal image and night-vision equipment, battlefield surveillance radar, underground monitoring sensors and laser barriers, which will track all movement from the other side.

The integrated set-up would also ensure that if one device fails, another would alert the control room in case of a transgression. Laser barriers will also cover 130 unfenced sections including the riverine and the mountain terrain from Jammu and Kashmir to Gujarat, which is often used by the infiltrators.

The Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) will help 24x7x365 surveillance of the border and the officials believe that this expensive system is the only solution to avoid further terror attacks like Pathankot, infiltration and smuggling of any material.

Interestingly, it will also be the first time since independence that India will seal the western border.

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