India is gearing up to establish 509 composite border outposts (BOPs) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders, aimed at strengthening border security and discouraging activities such as intrusion, encroachment, and border violations by trans-border criminals and hostile elements.
Sources reveal that out of the total 509 composite BOPs, 383 will be strategically located along the India-Bangladesh border, with the remaining 126 slated for the India-Pakistan border. These composite BOPs will play a crucial role in bolstering the capabilities of the Border Security Force (BSF), entrusted with safeguarding the 3,323-kilometer India-Pakistan border and the 4,096.7-kilometer India-Bangladesh border.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has granted its approval for this scheme of 509 composite BOPs, which will be equipped with the requisite infrastructure for accommodation, logistical support, and combat functions, including state-of-the-art equipment.
The recent annual report from the Ministry of Home Affairs, released last week, highlights this significant initiative, stating, “The government of India approved a scheme of 509 Composite BOPs (total BOPs along Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders). Out of 509 Composite BOPs, 383 Composite BOPs are to be constructed along the Indo-Bangladesh Border.”
A composite BOP will feature essential amenities such as barracks for jawans, kitchens, dining halls, garages, generator rooms, toilet blocks, administrative blocks, wireless rooms, weapons storage, and six cemented bunkers to fortify the outpost against potential attacks.
It is important to note that a Composite BOP is distinct from a conventional BOP due to the upgraded facilities and infrastructure it offers. BOPs serve as the primary workstations of the BSF along the borders, functioning as self-contained defense outposts with designated areas of responsibility spanning the entirety of land borders.
Their primary objective is to present a robust display of force to discourage trans-border criminals, infiltrators, and hostile elements from engaging in intrusion, encroachment, and border violations.