The construction of the first section of an “electronic barrier” consisting of surveillance and detection equipment on the Polish-Belarusian border has been completed.
The barrier, which reinforces an existing fence, can now be used by Polish Border Guards (SG).
The 21-kilometer stretch near the village of Kuznica includes more than 300 day and night vision cameras, including thermovision, and an electro-telecommunications station.
The PAP has learned that the section handed over to the SG on Monday afternoon should start operating within a few days as the first operators are currently being trained. Details of the system will soon be presented at a special meeting for journalists to be organized at the border.
General Wioletta Gorzkowska of the SG told a parliamentary subcommittee that the surveillance equipment will provide Poland with an early warning system that will eventually cover the entire EU external border.
General Gorzkowska told the committee that the selection of a contractor for a similar barrier on the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad was underway.
The electronic barrier with Belarus will stretch its entire length over 202 kilometers and will cost around 1.6 billion PLN (340 million euros).
Last year, Poland experienced increased migratory pressure on its border with Belarus with thousands of migrants trying to enter the country. Warsaw blamed the crisis on the Belarusian government, saying it was transporting migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the false promise of easy access to the EU.