BOP Grove (Indo-Pak border), June 18, 2013 –
With an aim to strengthen its border domination across the river Ravi, the Border Security Force on Tuesday set open the first composite Border Out Post (BOP) of Punjab Frontier. Since under a special project, the Government of India had decided to construct 509 composite BOP's with major facilities along the borders of the country, BOP Grove in the Amritsar sector is the only one sanctioned for Punjab.
BOP grove is situated in the area which is majorly cut off as it is across the river. And over the years domination of the BSF has been less and considering that it was a hyper sensitive area.
Inaugurating the BOP Grove, IG Punjab frontier of the BSF, Aditya Mishra said, "Under the central project, Punjab has got only one composite BP, which is built at a cost of Rs. 2.71 Crores. Rest of the BOP'S are on the Indo-Bangla border."
This BOP was important because of its location. BOP Grove is much ahead of the river and is part of major chunk of Indian Territory that is cut off. Although smuggling or intrusion is less in this area but definitely Pakistan keeps an eye to dominate it. So it was very important to have a composite BOP here to keep an eye, added IG Mishra.
This BOP has 14 elements that will help in better work environment for jawans and also strengthen our dominance in the area, he added.
On a question, IG said, "Our effort is to provide best of facilities to our jawans and now work will start to upgrade other BOP's along the Punjab border. There are many elements that are required and we will try to improve on that, he said. (..Contd.)
Answering a question, Mishra stressed that couple of other such areas are there in Ferozepur sector that are cut off and soon strengthening will done in that region as well.
BSF official mentioned that countering smuggling was a major challenge and regular seizures make it evident that BSF troops were on job.
The composite BOP Grove has facilities such as Office Block, Barrack, dining hall, security infrastructure and other needed facilities.
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Photos - GS Chhina