Of 200 CCTV cameras set up at border check post, 90% are not working: Malik
Unhappy with the lack of facilities and some not up to mark at the integrated check post (ICP) at Attari Border, Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik said he would take up the matter in the Parliament.punjab Updated: Jun 21, 2016 17:15 IST
Unhappy with the lack of facilities and some not up to mark at the integrated check post (ICP) at Attari Border, Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik said he would take up the matter in the Parliament.
Malik, who held a meeting with the officials at the ICP and looked into the arrangements for the Indo-Pak Trade, said, “It is shocking to see that there are around 200 CCTV cameras, but 90% are not in working condition. Not only this, the electronic barriers installed inside the ICP are also not in working condition. I have asked the authorities concerned to look into the matter immediately as it is a matter of security.”
Perturbed over the absence of full body truck scanners, Malik said, “This is really shocking that how can national security be compromised. I have asked the authorities to provide the entire correspondence in this regard and will expose people who failed to get things done in the Parliament.”
Notably, there is absence of full body truck scanners in the ICP and as a result the authorities there just have to depend on the sniffer dogs or manual checking.
Terming this as insufficient, Malik said, “It is very disturbing that despite serious threats of smuggling from across the border, there is absence of truck scanners. This is a big risk and I will take this up with the government.”
Malik was also unhappy that a shed was missing at a place where the goods were kept and this caused losses to traders.