In view of the tremendous rush witnessed at the Attari border over the past few years, the Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to come up with a full-fledged museum at Attari.
The BSF already has a museum at Tekanpur near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and a major part of that museum will now be shifted to Attari.
Addressing mediapersons here, BSF IG (Punjab frontier) Ashok Kumar said, "There is a tremendous crowd response in Attari. Looking into that a decision has been taken to come up with a museum at this border".
He said that this will be a full-fledged museum and most of the items to be displayed in the museum will be shifted from Tekanpur.
To a question, the IG, said, "It is not that the museum at Tekanpur will be closed. That will also remain operational, but the one to be built at Attari will become the major one".
The new museum at Attari will have old weapons as well as new ones. The history of the BSF, its major achievements and all other aspects related to the force will be showcased in the Attari museum.
The IG added that a smaller version of the museum will be started early, but it will be comprehensively expanded once the new gallery is in place.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Kumar also said that the BSF will start its Golden Jubilee celebrations from December 1 and the force will hold a series of functions to celebrate the year.
"The Golden Jubilee celebration year will witness a half marathon that will end up at Attari border and also a horse safari. During the celebrations, we will also start the museum," he added.
Besides, the BSF will start 'Day Tourism' at the border as announced earlier. "The tourists will be allowed to see the border from 11 am to 3 pm. During this period, the visitors can see the border gates, fence, international border pillar and other places permissible for the civilians. This will start from November 10," the IG said.
BORDER TO HAVE LED SCREENS, GOLF CARTS
As part of the 'Day Tourism' scheme at the border, the BSF will rope in golf carts for the visitors.
BSF DIG MF Farooqui said that some half a dozen golf carts will be brought in initially and the number will be later increased as per requirement
"We also plan to instal LED screens at various places near the ceremony area so that people who do not get place to sit can see it on screen," he added.
To de-congest the road approaching the border, the BSF has decided to declare the area outside the integrated joint check-post (ICP) a no-parking zone.
"With the help of Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat and SSP (rural) Jasdeep Singh, we are making efforts to make the area a no-parking zone. The trucks parked outside the ICP cause chaos on the Attari road in the evening," the DIG said.