Accommodating nearly 20,000 people in a space meant for just 5,000 is a difficult task that becomes all the more problematic on the Pakistan border.
This is the problem that the Border Security Force (BSF) faces every evening when large crowds come flocking to the Attari joint checkpost to witness the retreat ceremony. The troops find it hard to keep their eyes on the border while marshalling the huge crowd gathered to witness the ceremony in which the BSF troops and their cross-border counterparts, Pakistan Rangers, take part in a high-energy parade.
To lessen the crowd pressure on the jawans, the BSF has drawn up a plan to launch “day tourism” at the border from November 1. At present, the border area opens for tourists at around 4 pm for the retreat.
Now, the BSF plans to allow tourists in around noon.
About the plan, BSF DIG MF Farooqui said: “On November 1, we are likely to bring it into action. The tourists now will be allowed to witness the border gates, pillar and the parade area before evening, most likely between noon and 3pm.”
The DIG said, “There are two reasons behind the new plan. First, tourists who cannot come in the evening and second the rush every evening.