SHILLONG, Feb 24: The Border Security Force (BSF) is proposing the conversion of two Border Out Posts (BOPs) into tourist destinations so as to give the common man an opportunity to learn the nuances of border management and also provide recreational services.
Informing this on Friday, the BSF Meghalaya Frontier Inspector General (IG) PK Dubey said, “We have selected two BOPs namely Dawki in West Jaintia Hills and Kilapara in West Garo Hills for border tourism in Meghalaya.”
He said proposal of Rs 1 crore each for developing these two BOPs along the Indo Bangla border as tourist spots have been submitted and approval for the same is yet to come.
In spite of the pending approval, some activities towards this goal will commence soon, Dubey informed.
Dubey informed that the idea is to showcase the BOPs where tourists can visit to have first hand information what goes on with regards to border management.
“We will try some joint retreat ceremony in the evening where flag hoisting will be done jointly by the border security force (BSF) and border guards of Bangladesh (BGB),” Dubey said.
Besides this, photo exhibition, arms display and documentary are on the cards he said while adding that they have also proposed new items like games on the border.
Meanwhile, the BSF Inspector General also informed that they are also proposing to have a joint expedition, cycling, rock climbing besides joint training for better coordination between the BSF and BGB.
“BGB personnel can be trained here in border management so that they also understand the problems of the Indo – Bangla border. Courses will be conducted for them here in Shillong or Siliguri,” he said.
With regards to the border haats, he said that four border haats have been approved by the government but they are yet to be constructed by the state.
“The MoU on this has expired and now it is expected to be signed once after the PM visit and these border haats will be activated in the next one year,” Dubey added.
He further informed that the Indian government has decided to provide medical facilities in case of emergency to BGB in places where their medical facility does not exist.
“MHA has approved this and whatever medical facility we are having on the border will be extended to BGB personnel in case of emergency,” he said.