This years procession to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed on February 5 in the city would become a trendsetter for the rest of the country,claim the organisers.
It will be for the first time in the country that helicopter will be used to sprinkle flowers from mid air on the procession at various locations, said J V Momin,president of the Central Id-e-Milad Committee.
He told this newspaper on Wednesday that all necessary formalities,including the police permission for flying the chopper,had been completed. He said there was no difficulty in securing permission from the police as the authorities had readily agreed on the request.
Momin said the chopper would make three rounds over the procession in major areas where it gets the highest level of participation.
The cost of hiring the chopper,from a private party,has not been disclosed but it was stated that the committee was not bearing the cost. Two city based bodies Anjuman-e-Noor-e-Do Jahan and Laghumati Vikas Manch,both based in Rakhial area have volunteered to fund the hiring of chopper for two and a half hours during which it will complete three rounds, he said.
Besides the showering of flowers from the chopper,he said,the procession this time would carry models of various Islamic monuments,including the Qutub Minar,mosques and other shrines. Also,other routine attractions like recital parties,camel carts,horse decorations and people donning traditional Arabic attire will add to the glory of the procession,he said.
An estimated four lakh people are expected to take part in the procession on its traditional routes.