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18 April 2013

Agartala, Syed Sajjad Ali: The Tripura Government would like a ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at Akhaura border in Agartala, similar to the one being held in the Wagah border in Punjab, State Tourism Minister Ratan Bhowmik has said. The border security force (BSF) and its Bangladesh counterpart have accepted the proposal, but the same needs to be ratified by the Governments of both countries.

“Governments of India and Bangladesh have to take the final call on the proposal”, Mr. Bhowmik said. After getting clearance, galleries will be constructed on the border to facilitate tourists to watch ‘Wagah like ceremonies’, he said.

The lowering of flag or Beating Retreat ceremony presented by smart contingents of the BSF and Pakistan’s Rangers takes place every day before sunset. Both forces coordinate parade and lowering of flags amidst loud cheers by crowds from both sides.

Officials said an elaborate project is ready for beautification of Akhaura border on the edge of Agartala city.

Domestic and international tourists visit the border on Akhaura road named after historic Akhaura railway junction in Bangladesh, which is 7 km west of Agartala. However due to the heavy volume of export – import trade with Bangladesh, the site has become congested and dirty.

“There is a plan to shift export import point to adjacent Lankamura. The central government has been approached for a decision”, a state government official said.

Work to construct galleries, widening road and other infrastructures expected to be taken up by end of this year, he added