Proposal awaits ratification from Central governments of Bangladesh, India

The Tripura government has proposed to hold the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at the Akhaura border near here, as was conducted at the Wagah border in Punjab. While the border security force (BSF) and its Bangladesh counterpart have already accepted the proposal, it needs to be ratified by both the governments.

“The governments of India and Bangladesh have to take a final call on the proposal,” State’s Tourism Minister Ratan Bhowmik said. Upon getting clearance, galleries would be constructed at the border so tourists could watch “Wagah-like ceremonies”.

The ceremony is presented by smart contingents of the BSF and Pakistan’s Rangers every day at sunset. Both forces coordinate the parade and lowering of flags amid loud cheers by crowds from both sides.

Mr Bhowmik said: “After introduction of the same at Akhaura border, people and tourists would be able to witness a Wagah-like ceremony by border forces of India and Bangladesh.”

An elaborate project project for the beautification of the Akhaura border on the edge of Agartala city was ready for launch, officials said.

Domestic and international tourists visit the border on Akhaura Road, named after the historic Akhaura railway junction in Bangladesh, which is 7 km west of Agartala. However, the site has become congested and dirty as a result of the heavy trade activity that takes place there.

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

  • BSFs of both sides have agreed to the Tripura government’s proposal

  • The Beating Retreat ceremony is held daily at sunset at Wagah border