As tension brews between India and Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday arrived in Jaisalmer on a two-day visit to review security situation along the India-Pakistan border with Chief Ministers of some states.
The Home Minister, as per media reports, will meet home ministers of four states bordering Pakistan in Jaisalmer. He is currently chairing a review meeting at the Border Security Force`s Sector headquarters (North). The current meeting is being attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Top Border Security Force officers and senior officials of the state governments of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Punjab is also attending the meeting, besides Chief Ministers.
After the meeting, the Home Minister will tour border areas of Rajasthan and the border outposts to assess the situation along the border. He will also hold a separate meeting with BSF officials in Barmer on Saturday.
Out of 2289.66 km of Indo-Pakistan Border (IPB), 2034.96 km has been covered by physical barriers, including fencing, and the remaining 254.80 km of the border is planned to be covered by physical and non-physical barriers shortly.
There are stretches in which construction of physical barriers is not feasible due to geographic constraints such as riverine, low-lying, creek and marshy areas. In this stretch, it is proposed to deploy technology solutions, including the deployment of cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc.
According to media reports, the Border Security Force is testing the available technologies through pilot projects in the Jammu region, Punjab, and Gujarat. The force is in the process of a rollout of a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) for this stretch of IPB, which is due to be undertaken in a year`s time.
The Indian side of the IPB, which is 3,323-km-long, passes through the states of Gujarat (508 km), Rajasthan (1,037 km), Punjab (553 km) and Jammu and Kashmir (1,225 km).
In a meeting called in the wake of surgical strikes, it was it was stated that the Pakistani army was planning attacks by terrorists on Indian defence personnel and security establishments besides select civilian targets.