Dhubri, Oct. 8: The BSF received the first consignment of speedboats last week to keep vigil along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri district.
However, the floodlight project along the Dhubri border is yet to be completed.
Sources in BSF said it was difficult to keep vigil along the 56.7km riverine border in Dhubri district and so new modernised speedboats have been put into action.
“Although the BSF (water wing) has been using speedboats along the riverine border extensively since its inception, in the present situation, more vigil is required along the border,” the source said.
The source said around 30 speedboats are operating in 16 border outposts and with the arrival of eight more boats, border forces would be able to give round-the-clock vigil along the border.
Though the project was sanctioned by the Union ministry of home affairs in 2006 and was supposed to be completed by 2012, it has not been completed yet.
Sources in the BSF said setting up of floodlit posts and and wiring along the 77.3km border has been completed. But power is yet to be supplied.
“Two power stations are being constructed at Mancachar and Golokganj sectors along the border. The Mancachar power supply station has been completed but the other one is yet to finish,” a BSF source added.
The border floodlight project requires uninterrupted power supply at night and for this there should be no fault in the wiring. However, there will be generators as a back-up in case of a power failure , the source said.
Asked when the floodlight project would be completed, a BSF official in Dhubri district said a company was installing the floodlights and various state government departments were also involved.
“It could be safely said the project is nearing completion and soon the Indo-Bangla border of Dhubri district will have floodlights,” he said.
The BSF has arranged for floodlights in some sensitive areas along the border with the help of a generator set, including one near the Hatsighimari border point, a BSF source in Mancachar sector said.