India is set to install high resolution surveillance cameras along the “unmanned pockets” on its border with China in a bid to to guard its territory better. This comes in the wake of a recent face-off with the Chinese Army. The cameras will be put up at 50 locations along the border with China in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
A senior official said the cameras would provide live-feed in a range of 20-25 km, and plans are afoot to live stream the footage at the Delhi headquarters. “We recently did a trial run of these surveillance cameras at Thakung (in Ladakh). It was successful and it provided us video footage of a wide area,” said Subhash Goswami, DG, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He also said the ITBP had approached the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval to set up 54 more border outposts in Arunachal Pradesh.
The DG said that incursions by China into Ladakh during President Xi Jinping’s visit were “uncommon” as they had gone on for a fortnight. “It was uncommon as normally such incidents do not last for more than 10-15 minutes. When they come, we show them a banner telling them that the territory is India’s and ask them to go back. They normally do. But this time the incident lasted for long,” Goswami said.
“The incidents in the past occurred due to the difference in the perception regarding the border,” he said. He added that lack of infrastructure and surveillance equipment were “challenges” they faced regularly in the areas.