The Mumbai police have selected the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) at Nariman Point as the venue of the Republic Day parade from among the three options they had shortlisted.
The police said the other two options were erecting the shamiana opposite the Police Club at Marine Drive or the Grant Medical College.
Security and traffic were the major concerns behind selecting the venue of the parade, they said.
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According to police officers, erecting a shamiana outside the police club at Marine Drive would have meant that VVIPs would be seated in such a way that the parade participants would have to salute the flag with their left hand, something the police objected to.
“It went against the protocol. The salute, among others, was the major reason due to which Trident Hotel junction near NCPA was selected for erecting the shaminana,” said Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south).
- Shamiana opposite Trident Hotel at NCPA
- Parade would start at Vidhan Bhavan parking area, will cross the shamiana and end at the Mumbai University ground near Wankhede stadium after covering 3.5 km
- Squads and floats would be showcased on the NS Road from NCPA
- VVIPs would be seated facing north so that they can view the air show and Navy ship parade in the sea.
- Marching contingents would assemble at the Parking area at Vidhan Bhavan.
- South bound carriageway from Sunder Mahal junction (south end) and northbound carriageway from Air India building junction to Chowpatty may be kept closed for traffic from 6 am to 11.30 am.
- From January 21 to 24, traffic on south-bound and north-bound carriageway on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, from Abasaheb Garware Chowk up to Air India building junction, and from Air India building junction Chowk to Hutatma Raja Chowk, may be kept closed from 7 to 9.30 am.