After their failure to install a full-body truck scanner at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) even after three years since the proposal was mooted, the customs authorities have decided to set up an under-vehicle inspection system (UVIS) to enhance surveillance of trucks plying between India and Pakistan.
The customs department has already floated tenders for setting up of the hi-tech inspection system. Once mounted on roadway, the imagining system will capture images of undercarriage of the vehicles for manual and automated visual inspection and will also sent the images to the control room.
Confirming the move to Hindustan Times, a customs official said: “The hi-tech inspection system will assist us in a big way to check undercarriage of the vehicles. The system will not only capture images of undercarriage, but it will also inform us about any modification made in the vehicles for smuggling purpose. Normally, smugglers make cavities in the base of their vehicles to hide narcotics, arms or other illicit substances. However, this surveillance system is capable of detecting such cavities or modifications.”
The customs officials said all vehicles passing through the ICP would have to pass through the surveillance system for checking and any cavity or hidden substances would be traced by the system immediately.
A full-body truck scanner is still missing at the Integrated Check Post (ICP), which has completed three years.
Although the Pakistani customs department has installed a scanner, the Indian authorities are yet to proceed.