Delhi is keeping a watch on the Nepal border with the help of high-resolution cameras installed by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) that have been linked to their headquarters here. However,the project,which took off a few days ago,is already facing glitches due to frequent power cuts.
The three border checkpoints that have been included in the project are Sanauli,Ruperia and Barhni all in Uttar Pradesh. The officials sitting here in Delhi could also match the details of any suspect already in their knowledge with live feed sent from the border.
A central command room has been created at SSBs headquarters in Delhi to give them real-time information. The 50,000-personnel SSB guards 1,751-km Nepal border and 699-km Bhutan border.
There is a recording facility also and we can store the footage for 7-10 days. But all this has not been possible till now due to erratic power supply in the state. We are thinking of alternate modes of power supply also, said a senior official.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had taken several steps to strengthen security along the porous border that has been the preferable route for terrorists,people involved in human trafficking and drug smuggling which includes installing 24 surveillance cameras along border areas. This is the first time that the video feed will be linked to Delhi. There is a problem of maintaining these cameras. Whenever connection breaks down we have to ask for help from our Lucknow office and it takes a lot of time, said the official.