Power cuts setback to border watch through cameras

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

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: April 1, 2013 12:21 am

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 SSB’s 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.

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