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Now, camel carts used to patrol border, build green wall

In a new initiative, the Border Security Force (BSF) has started using camel carts on the border for administrative and operational needs. Camel patrolling has been an integral part of guarding the international border in Rajasthan.

jaipur Updated: Jul 04, 2017 20:24 IST
Dinesh Bothra
A camel cart is used for patrolling the international border in Jodhpur.
A camel cart is used for patrolling the international border in Jodhpur.(HT Photo)

In a new initiative, the Border Security Force (BSF) has started using camel carts on the border for administrative and operational needs. Camel patrolling has been an integral part of guarding the international border in Rajasthan.

The camel cart will also be used in the building of the green wall on the border. “Guarding the border is a challenging task in the Thar desert. The camel has always been useful in doing this. Now we have started using sand scooters, however, there is no substitute for the camel. Now, there will be increased use of camel carts through which we will be able to supply water for trees planted on the border outpost,” Anil Paliwal, inspector general, BSF, Rajasthan Frontier said.

Paliwal said that guards have already started using camel carts to monitor the border outposts. The process of making camel carts available to every battalion on the border adjoining Bikaner and Jaisalmer is underway. There is a plan to provide six to eight camel carts per battalion. This will cover some 500 km on the international border.

According to the inspector general, camel carts are used by the rural people in western Rajasthan. The wisdom of villagers is the basis of this concept. Using this, the cost of fuel will also decrease.

The BSF Rajasthan Frontier’s Camel Wing has a different identity in the Paramilitary Force. The Camel Wing is not only kept on the border, it is also used in ceremonial and entertainment activity.

In the BSF Rajasthan Frontier, a camel mountain band was formed in 1986, which first marched past Rajpath on the occasion of Republic Day in 1990.