Delhi metro parking lots to remain closed due to Independence Day security arrangements

The security measures have been stepped up in the national capital ahead of Independence Day following a series of attacks in crowded places around the world.

By: Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2016 12:54 pm
delhi, delhi metro, independence day, independence day delhi metro, delhi metro timings, metro independence day, delhi security, india news, delhi news, ncr news, latest news The buildings facing the Red Fort will be secured and police and paramilitary personnel will be stationed there. (Source: Express photo by Cheena Kapoor)

The parking facilities will not be available at the Delhi Metro stations from 6:00 am on Sunday till 2:00 pm. on Monday in view of the security measures adopted on the occasion of Independence Day. The Delhi Metro has instructed all the parking contractors to use this opportunity for cleaning all the parking lots thoroughly in the spirit of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and will also depute its officials to inspect the parking sites for strict compliance. The security measures have been stepped up in the national capital ahead of Independence Day following a series of attacks in crowded places around the world.

Heightened security arrangements will be put in place for Independence Day celebrations at the historical Red Fort this year in wake of terrorists striking crowded places worldwide. The preliminary security arrangements began in July and senior police and intelligence officials have been regularly updating them to weed out any shortcomings and glitches.

Nearly 6,000 security personnel and hundreds of CCTV cameras will monitor from three control-rooms the venue at Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in presence of dignitaries, including foreign representatives and thousands of visitors, police officials said. Special measures will be taken to meet on-the-spot situations such as the prime minister choosing to meet people at the venue as he previously did twice, they said.

The travel route of the prime minister from 7 RCR to Red Fort will be watched through hundreds of CCTV cameras. Besides, the Red Fort premises will be watched through nearly 200 CCTV cameras and two high-mast HD cameras with powerful resolution to pinpoint suspects and neutralise any threat.

The buildings facing the Red Fort will be secured and police and paramilitary personnel will be stationed there. Panoramic photography will be used to ensure a close watch on the 605 balconies and 104 windows that open towards the Red Fort, said the officials. Security agencies have also marked out over 3,000 trees around the Fort so that no man or material was lodged there, they said.

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