Pakistan: Nuclear neighbors and rivals Pakistan and India will be replacing the gates on the Zero Line between the bordering towns of Wahga and Attari on their independence days on Aug. 14 and 15.
The gates on the two sides are being changed with the mutual consultation of the two countries with the aim of providing a good view of the parade and seeing the audience sitting on the opposite sides.
The process of removing the old gates and installing the new ones has begun on the two sides and Pakistan will complete it by tomorrow (Aug. 14, Tuesday).
According to media reports the Indian security officials have confirmed the replacement of gates on Wagah Border, saying the countries have agreed on installing similar gates.
The Indian media reported that the new gates will have a similar design on both sides and the earlier gates were unnecessarily big with thick pillars, which hindered the view of spectators from either side to look beyond the Zero line.
Nand Lal Chauhan, former superintending engineer, Central Public Works Department, said the gate was designed by a renowned architect. “We had handed over the design to the BSF. After a discussion with the Pakistan Rangers, some modifications were introduced before final approval from both sides,” he said. The weight of the gate is 5.5 quintals. It is 51ft wide and 11ft high.
JS Oberoi, DIG, BSF, Amritsar sector, said: “It was mutually decided to let the people on both sides have a clearer view of the Retreat Ceremony.” The officials in Pakistan have confirmed that the inauguration of a new gate on their side will take place on Aug. 14, as a part of Independence Day celebrations.