The Dhamtari district in Chhattisgarh is considered to be the hotbed of Naxal activities. And for any CRPF soldier a posting here is nothing less than punishment.
The area suffers from mobile network issues and due to this soldiers in base camps could not speak to their families. And even if there are signals then a complete conversation can’t take place because of irregularity in mobile network.
To solve this, soldiers have devised a ‘Jugaad’ solution.
Soldiers have tied up ropes to tree branches that are 30-40 feet high. Whenever they need to speak to someone on mobile, they dial the number and insert their mobile phones inside the socks on one end. Then they pull down the rope on the other end so that the mobile reaches the top of the tree on the other end.
The mobile catches the signal on reaching a certain height and then these soldiers talk to their dear ones using Bluetooth.
CRPF soldiers at Birnasilli camp say they are always worried about the well-being of their family members when they are sick and whenever there is a special occasion in the family.
Likewise, family members of these soldiers get worried whenever they hear of a Naxal attack at a CRPF camp.
To solve the network issue, a survey has now been conducted at 22 places.