Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Forest department is all set to introduce 'Bolero Campers', customised off-roading vehicles to keep a tab on timber mafia and poachers inside Similipal Reserve Forest from Saturday.

14 of such off-roader camper vans will be unveiled today by Odisha Forest Minister Pradeep Amat on the occasion of the 64th Foundation Day of Nandankanan Zoological Park. These vehicles will be deployed in Similipal from Tomorrow.

As per reports, the vehicles have been customised as per the specific requirement to undertake to patrol in Similipal forest. They have been painted in olive green colour and fitted with remote-controlled searchlights and heavy-duty winches to assist in rescue missions in both rain and winter.

These off-roaders are all-weather vehicles and are expected to be effective in curbing the activities of the timber mafia and poachers.

Meanwhile, Amat, who will join the Foundation Day event at Nandankanan today will release the annual report and theme song of the zoo.

He is also slated to unveil newly made wallaby kangaroo, cassowary, and ostrich enclosures. Nandankanan Integrated Monitoring System App and State Botanical Garden Website will also be inaugurated today.