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Defence net against sting

A mosquito net used by jawans on the Bangla border. File picture

Jorhat, Nov. 22: The Defence Research Laboratory at Tezpur has developed a cost-effective and long-lasting “mosquito net” for security forces operating in the region.

The laboratory will also make the product available in the market for civilians.

“This particular net will be very useful for the people of the region, particularly Assam, where many cases of dengue have been reported recently,” the director of the laboratory, Vijay Veer, told The Telegraph today.

He said the laboratory has tested the product successfully and will transfer the technology to the industry soon.

The director said the biggest advantage of this mosquito net is that it comes at almost half the price of the products that are available in the market.

“Most of the products currently available in the market are produced by multinational companies and the cost is very high but our product would cost only half of that,” he said.

Another advantage of the product, he said, was that it would last for over six years, is washable and totally harmless to humans.

“Mosquitoes coming into contact with these nets become invalid,” he said.

He said the particular long lasting insecticidal net would cost between Rs 350 and Rs 400.

The products already available in the market cost between Rs 700 and Rs 800.

The director said the laboratory had taken up the project nearly three years ago.

The Defence Research Development Organisation had directed it to undertake the project to do away with the high price of purchasing these nets from multi-national companies.

“The defence forces have to spend a large amount of funds to purchase these products from multi-national companies. This product will cut the cost to almost half,” he said.

The Northeast has never been an easy terrain for troops, be it guarding the international border or carrying out counter-insurgency-operations, with reports of many of them falling ill after being bitten by insects.

The laboratory had earlier come up with a herbal vaporiser and a repellent to deal with mosquitoes.

The laboratory has also been working on multiple uses of the bhut jolokia, which the scientists in the establishment feel, would be of great benefit to soldiers.

Apart from a project to make hand grenades from the chilli, the laboratory has also been working on a study to see if the chilli could help soldiers weather the high-altitude chill.