AGARTALA, April 9 � The BSF Tripura Frontier has finally received an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)- Dhrub to meet any emergency along the Indo-Bangla border, official sources here said on Friday.
The Dhrub, an indigenous chopper developed by Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd, Bangalore is having all modern facilities in providing logistics to the jawans posted in far-flung areas. It has eight seats besides two reserved seats for pilots.
The chopper will benefit the BSF immensely in case of evacuation of ailing or injured troops from inaccessible areas, said AK Jain, Inspector General of BSF Tripura Frontier at Salbagan, Frontier Headquarters here.
He said, there are at least eight air-maintained Border Outposts (BOPs) where daily ration is being supplied by only helicopter.
There was a time when BSF authority had to struggle to evacuate jawans who often fall victim to malaria. �After getting the chopper, supplying of food items in the air maintained BOPs and evacuation will be easier�, he said adding that it might be used in air surveillance too.
Asserting that the chopper is exclusively meant for BSF, Jain said that it could be used by the local authority after permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
He further said that one more BSF battalion was inducted in the Frontier to ensure full proof vigil along the Indo-Bangla border. With the induction, the BSF strength goes up to 17 battalions.
To strengthen BSF presence in sensitive border areas, 35 more BOPs will be established besides deployment of more troops along the unfenced border starting from Khalangtang to Raishyabari via Govindabari.
The ongoing work of barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla border will be over by 2012 as execution is in full swing; he said adding that of the total sanctioned flood light area � 854 km, work has so far been completed along 180 km. Flood light along the border is scheduled to be completed by 2012.