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.
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).
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