Doklam aftermath: GSAT-6 to help ITBP to keep an eye on China border

New Delhi: The government appears to be mulling new ways to enhance border security along the border areas with our neighbours China and Pakistan.

According to reports, the government has provided the control of a primary communication satellite to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to keep an eye along the China border after the Doklam standoff with China this summer.

The paramilitary force will supervise feeds from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-6, that keeps an eye on the entire country.

Launched in 2015, the satellite performs multiple tasks such as aiding in navigation, collecting data and image mapping, besides its primary task of communication.

The ITBP will track the information and alert the government and security agencies if it notices anything suspicious or untoward along the nearly 3,500km Sino-Indian border from Arunachal Pradesh in the east to Jammu and Kashmir in the west.

The steps are “extremely important” to augment security, according to ITBP officials. The paramilitary force will control 25% of the multi-tasking satellite’s volume of work.