Sunday, September 26, 2010

Adieu camels, BSF will ride scooters

From Daily Bhaskar

Jaipur: The Border Security Force (BSF) jawans who have been patrolling for years on camels in the desert state would now have eagle eye at the international border near Barmer and Jaisalmer. In the near future, these personnel would have a fleet of sand scooters similar to what one finds in Israel.
The trial of these scooters has already started with the BSF jawans using them along with the ongoing patrolling through camels in order to reach the destination on time. Both the BSF officers and the jawans were elated with the new development.
NK Gurjar, deputy inspector general (DIG), BSF, Barmer, talking to DNA, on Saturday, said, "Even though we have been using jeeps and camels for years, we sometimes tend to get stuck in the desert sand. But this scooter is quite reliable and tough and will help us cope with the desert conditions."
According to sources, the BSF authorities have already given three scooters to the personnel for the test drive. Gurjar confirmed that trial of these vehicles have already begun at the Barmer sector.
About when the personnel can expect complete ride on the two-wheeler vehicles, he said, "The dates are yet to be decided as presently the trial on. Barmer and Jaisalmer would soon have these sand scooters with our BSF personnel to be seen patrolling in the desert sands."
The BSF authorities said that in the vast desert, there are some places where camels are not found to be reliable.
"Sundari region in Barmer district is one such site quite close to the international border. For this, we felt an urgent need to have them in the first place," a BSF officer added.

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