To give boost the security set up and keep a close vigil during the Beating the Retreat ceremony held every evening at the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at the Attari border, the Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to instal more CCTV cameras in the area.
Though the area where the ceremony takes place is already equipped with CCTV cameras, the BSF does not want to take any chances in the wake of the powerful blast on the Pakistani side at the Wagah last month and has decided to increase the number of cameras at the spot.
It is learnt that the additional cameras, likely to be installed in a couple of months, will be of high quality and are aimed at capturing every movement in the area where BSF jawans perform the drill.
The place is highly sensitive because thousands of tourists reach the border every evening to watch this high-intensity drill.
Talking to HT, BSF IG (Punjab frontier) Ashok Kumar said, "As security continues to be our top priority, a decision has been taken to add more CCTV cameras in the ceremony area".
Asked about the number of camera to be added, IG said, "I cannot tell the exact number of cameras, but one thing is sure that once the cameras are installed, we can have a look at every corner."
Notably, after the blast on Pakistani side, the BSF has taken various security measures to ensure safety on the Indian side where thousands of tourists assemble every evening.
ONLINE REGISTRATION SOON
As the growing rush at the ceremony continues to bother the BSF in terms of security and management, the BSF is confident of starting the online registration for visitors very soon.
IG BSF said, "To control the crowd rush, we have decided to start online registration very soon. We plan to register 5,000 tourists every evening. Most of them will be registered online, whereas some will be registered on the spot".
He said, "We are still to finalise how to go about the entire process and once it moves ahead. we are confident that this would make things easy and reduce crowd pressure".
The Beating the Retreat ceremony is attended by more than 10,000 people, visiting the border every evening. But with the gallery having a capacity of around 5000, the place witnesses a lot of chaos, making it hard for the BSF to manage the rush and security becomes an issue.
NEW GALLERY PROJECT
Even as the project for the new spacious gallery at the border has been cleared by the union home ministry and the funds have been sanctioned, the work has not started on the ground level.
As the project is getting delayed, the scarcity of space continues to bother people as well as security agencies.
BSF IG said, "The paper work is in progress and once it is complete, work will start on the ground level."
CIVIC ACTION PROGRAMME
As part of its civic action programme, the BSF on Saturday organised a flurry of events at the government school at Attari. During the programme school students as well as artists staged plays to make people aware about the drug menace and other social issues.
On the occasion, the BSF IG and DIG MF Farooqui urged people to cooperate with the border force to fight against the various social evils.