The country is going to celebrate the 74th independence day tomorrow i.e. on Saturday. Preparations for this have been completed. The people of the country have seen a lot in the last 74 years. Faced with many challenges, the Independence Day program never lost its sheen. This time too, there is the same enthusiasm for the celebration of freedom in the heart, but this time the coronavirus has increased the challenges too much.
For the first time in 74 years, the celebration of Independence Day will be different. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the country from the ramparts of the Red Fort, then fewer guests will be seen in the courtyard and whatever will happen, he will be sitting far away following all the social distancing. This year the number will be capped at around 250. While there was always a flock of people to see the Prime Minister hoisting the tricolor.
PM Modi will create a record
This time, on 15 August 2020, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the tricolor at the Red Fort, he will also create an interesting record of political history. Modi will hoist the tricolor for the seventh time in a row and with this, he will reach number four in the list of prime ministers who have achieved this privilege most times. The record of the most frequent tricolor wave at the Red Fort is in the name of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister. Indira Gandhi is at number two and Manmohan Singh at number three in this achievement.
Multi-layered security system
This year, multi-layered security arrangements have been made for the Independence Day celebrations and all measures have been taken to follow the norms of social distance in the program.
Police officials said that more than 300 cameras have been installed for security and their footage is being monitored. The Red Fort will have about 4,000 security personnel and they will follow the norms of social distance.
Security in and around railway stations has also been tightened. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Harendra Kumar Singh said that "security personnel has been deployed along with railway stations and along the tracks. Due to the movement of VVIP people on Independence Day, there will be no movement of trains from 6.45 am to 8.45 am on special tracks near the Red Fort. "
A full-dress rehearsal of the Independence Day celebrations was held in Lal Quila on Thursday morning. Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel practiced in the Red Fort.
Security arrangements were tightened during rehearsals and traffic was banned. The Red Fort has been closed to the public even before the Independence Day celebrations.
Delhi Police has intensified the investigation operation by tightening security in the national capital.
A security circle will be built around the Red Fort. NSG snipers, elite swat commandos, and teams of kite catchers will be included in this circle.
On August 15, eight roads of Delhi will be closed for six hours in the morning. These include Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, SP Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road, Nishad Raj Marg, Esplanade Road and its link road Netaji Subhash Marg, Ring Road from Rajghat to ISBT and Outer Ring Road from ISBT to IP Flyover, which It will remain closed to the general public from 4 to 10 am.