About four years after the concept was mooted, the Border Security Force is ready to install the first “laser wall” along the India-Pakistan border that is intended to plug gaps in riverine areas where installation of a conventional fence is not feasible.
Sources in the BSF said the pilot project to develop the laser wall prototype was complete and was expected to be implemented along the western border shortly. The BSF, however, is keeping the location of the project under wraps.
A large number of riverine gaps exist along the course of Sutlej and Ravi rivers in Punjab, which criss-cross the border. In addition, several rivulets in the Kathua region of J&K as well as the marshy region of Kutch in Gujarat also pose challenges due to their terrain.
These are stretches which cannot be fenced due to the vagaries of the terrain, making it vulnerable to infiltration. There are over 40 such points along the western border identified by the BSF as vulnerable where laser walls can prove helpful. Read More