8 months on,India Gate welcomes visitors again

Eight months after it was closed to public due to security reasons,the India Gate premises was thrown open to visitors on October 2.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:October 4, 2013 2:27 am

Eight months after it was closed to public due to security reasons,the India Gate premises was thrown open to visitors on October 2.

The move came after Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi gave the green signal to reopen the premises to the public on Gandhi Jayanti.

However,the area will be open only between 8 am and 5 pm. Police said the time may be extended after reviewing the security situation.

According to police sources,visitors will be allowed to click photographs and walk around Amar Jawan Jyoti. However,no one will be permitted to sit on the lawns on either side of the structure.

Only the lawns on the Central Vista — from the periphery of the C-hexagon — will be open to visitors,police said.

Earlier,parking for visitors was available only on the radial road connecting Mansingh Road to India Gate,behind the masjid. Now,police said,tourist buses will be allowed to park on the road connecting Shahjahan Road and Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Parking for cars and two-wheelers will be available behind the masjid.

Hawkers will still be allowed to operate only on the C-hexagon and the Central Vista,police said.

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