With the aim of enhancing visibility and saving electricity along the India-Pakistan border fence, the Border Security Force (BSF) has started replacing floodlights with LED (light-emitting diode) lights in the Amritsar sector.
The project had been sanctioned by the Union home ministry in 2014. BSF deputy inspector general (DIG) MF Farooqui said, “Punjab has been chosen for this pilot project of the central government.
It is to be executed over a 14.4km stretch in the Amritsar sector. Work has already been completed on a 3.9km section.”
The DIG further said, “Since we are constantly making efforts to curb smuggling and keep a close eye on activities across the border, the LED lights are likely to be more effective and would improve visibility at night. Energy saving is another factor in favour of these lights.”
When asked whether these lights would be effective during the winter season, which witnesses fog, Farooqui said, “We are hopeful that things will improve. However, we will have to wait for the year-end to see how these lights work.”