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Wagah of Gujarat

Date: 14 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated the Indo-Pakistan border viewing point in Nadabet in Gujarat.

 

Background

The point is a part of Seema Darshan project and is located in Rann of Kutch region of the state.

 

Details

The viewing point is well known as ‘Wagah of Gujarat’ due to the nature of border infrastructure created.

 

Seema Darshan

  • The Seema Darshan project aims to develop border-tourism in the region which has a sparse population and even sparser vegetation.

  • It is a joint initiative of the tourism department of the Gujarat government and the BSF Gujarat Frontier.

  • The main attraction of the project is access provided to the civilians to view the fenced international border with Pakistan at ‘Zero Point’.

 

Benefits

The project would not only develop revenue for the region due to tourism but also prevent villagers from Pakistani side to migrate to India.

 

Events organized

  • The BSF conducts a sunset parade similar to the one held at Attari-Wagah border, except that there are no one from Pakistani side.

  • The parade will be held in an open-air auditorium that will have the capacity to seat 5,000 persons. 

  • There are other activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, rifle shooting, zipline and other in which tourists can participate.

  • Exhibits such as MIG-27 used in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, battle tanks, viewing gallery, selfie points near field guns, and a museum of BSF can be enjoyed.

 

Role in local economy

It is expected that the place will generate five lakh jobs over 10 years. The tourist footfall is slowly increasing.

 

Border Security Force (BSF)

  • The BSF is a paramilitary force whose primary job is to guard India’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • The BSF comes under the control of Ministry of Home Affairs and is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) of India.