Union Tourism Ministry has consented fund under “Swadesh Darshan scheme”, to create infrastructure for “Beating Retreat” ceremony at Agartala-Akhaura border with Bangladesh, similar to that at Wagah in Punjab.
- There were an oultay of Rs 99 crore for the development of tourist spots in Tripura, which was funded by the government. Out of which Rs 18 crore was allocated to create infrastructure at the Agartala-Akhaura border.
- Among others, mini stadium and roads will also be created.
The Agartala-Akhaura check post is an integrated is the second largest trading centre with Bangladesh after Benapole and Petrapole in West Bengal.
- BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) regularly perform a beating retreat in Agartala-Akhaura border but it could be more exciting and splendid show with the building of proper infrastructure.
What is Beating Retreat ceremony?
The Beating Retreat ceremony or “lowering of the flags” ceremony is performed at Wagah during closing of the border every evening by the BSF (Border Security Force) and its Pak counterpart Pakistan Rangers since 1959 and is a major tourist attraction.
- The ceremony has been filmed and broadcast by Michael Palin for one of his television around-the-world travel programs
- He described it as a display of “carefully choreographed contempt”.