Jaipur: The Indian Air Force’s ‘Bambi Bucket’ operation to douse the wildfire in Mount Abu was called off for the day.
On the third consecutive day, the IAF has so far flown a total of 144 sorties with Bambi buckets fetching water from Nakki lake nearby, dropping around 4 lakh litres of water to douse the blaze in Mount Abu.
In a brave attempt of dousing the blazing forest fires in Mount Abu, the prestigious defence forces of India, that is, the IAF and Indian Army, have been working hand in hand with the CRPF to control the wildfire going on for nearly four consecutive days now.
The two MI-17 V5 helicopters of the IAF flew a total of 64 shuttles today, doling over 1,95,500 litres of water to put an end to the fire, a defence spokesperson said.
While IAF took to the sky, the Army jawans of Gorkha Rifles and CRPF took their positions all over the hills and worked in close synchronization with each other for the purpose of controlling the fire.
Despite the best efforts of the team, the nasty gusts of wind have only succeeded in hampering the motive of putting the fire to an end and created loads of trouble for them.
The fire has greatly impacted the tourism activities in certain scenic areas like Sunset Point, Chipa Beri, Saat Ghum View Point and others. As a matter of fact, thousands of tourists from within Rajasthan and neighbouring states like Gujarat and other parts of India are attracted towards the mesmerizing sights of Mt. Abu, which has been put on hold as a matter of safety.
After three days of working in succession, IAF has finally put the operation on hold, which is to be resumed tomorrow.
The reason of wildfire is unknown till date while it might have easily been a result of bamboos catching fire during the process of extraction of honey from the swarms of honeybees by the locals.