Lesson from last year: glass roof for Republic Day

To enhance the quality of its coverage, DD will deploy dynamic microphones on Rajpath to pick up sounds vehicles, foot movement and orders given by commanding officers.

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2016 9:40 am
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On Republic Day last year, the chief guest, US President Barack Obama, and wife Michelle had to use an umbrella to shield themselves from the steady drizzle that lasted through the first half of the parade. To prevent a repeat, the government has decided that the VVIP enclosure at this year’s parade, which seats the President, the Prime Minister, French President Francois Hollande and several other dignitaries, will have a motorised glass roof.

The idea, government sources said, is not just to protect dignitaries from rain but also the cold. “The motorised roof can be rolled off when the Air Force flypast takes place, so that dignitaries have a clear view,” an official involved with the preparations said.

“It was embarrassing to see the Obamas holding umbrellas during the parade. This glass roof will ensure such a thing does not happen again,” a source said.

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Public broadcaster Doordarshan, too, is going all out to ensure top-notch coverage of the parade. According to sources, the broadcaster was keen to use drones to cover the parade, but the idea did not find favour with the security establishment and was shot down. DD has now deployed a team of 100-odd personnel and its best equipment to cover the parade.

“We are deploying 27 high-definition, state-of-the-art cameras at strategic locations. Fifteen of these cameras will be at Rajpath. Two hydraulic cranes – 120 metres and 80 meters high – will be used to broadcast top-angle shots,” Doordarshan’s Additional Director General Mahesh Joshi said.

In a first, Doordarshan will use an overhead camera placed atop the VVIP enclosure to capture a “front row view” of those receiving gallantry awards. Sources said a special security clearance has been taken for using this robotically controlled camera. “This camera will offer people a view of how things look from where the President watches,” an official said.

To enhance the quality of its coverage, DD will deploy dynamic microphones on Rajpath to pick up sounds vehicles, foot movement and orders given by commanding officers.

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    bitterhoney
    Jan 23, 2016 at 3:44 am
    People are not stupid, they are watching the step motherly treatment of Delhi and Bihar by Modiji. People of these two states are being punished for not voting to BJP. This revengeful atude is going to harm BJP badly in next elections.
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      Karunakaran
      Jan 23, 2016 at 1:36 am
      About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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        kris
        Jan 23, 2016 at 1:53 am
        Your stupid idea and hope, with Delhi and Bihar people already heavy bitter taste of their folly and wrong decisions, will only a wish-ful and regressive idea, which is ill-conceived and against progress/ rise of India.
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          naidu kare
          Jan 23, 2016 at 2:19 am
          Anyway, this government is as good as gone. How long can the rich steal our wealth. with the connivancs of suit boot ki sarkar ambanis and adanis own almost half of india. The rest is being shared by vultures like Tata. The next government should nationalize companies worth more than 1000 crores.
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            piyush goel
            Jan 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm
            modiji this republic day of 2016 is very important for both of us. paris has suffered from a terroist attack. i think commandos and sneakers should be available for safety.
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              Raghu
              Jan 23, 2016 at 3:15 am
              Delhi n Bihaar people are heavily, succesfully brain washed to vote against good governance, development etc. They chose roges, inreturn thay have to suffer a lot in the comming years. Hope rest of the country will learn some from this.
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                Raghu
                Jan 23, 2016 at 3:09 am
                Excellent. Like it.
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                  Raghu
                  Jan 23, 2016 at 3:13 am
                  True. Delhi n Bihaar people are heavily, succesfully brain washed to vote against good governance, development etc. They chose roges, inreturn thay have to suffer a lot in the comming years.
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