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International Yoga Day: Factoring in PM Modi, UT to give list of venues to Central govt

The administration has been asked to provide a list of venues to the Central government, which will finalise the venue.

a view of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, one of the possible venue for PM to perform Yoga. Express photo
A view of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, one of the possible venue for PM to perform Yoga. Express photo

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to lead second International Yoga Day in Chandigarh on June 21, the UT Administration is now busy figuring out venue for the high-profile event.

The administration has been asked to provide a list of venues to the Central government, which will finalise the venue.

According to sources, Capitol Complex, road from Sukhna Lake to Rock Garden, a stretch on Jan Marg and Sector 34 Exhibition Ground are possible venues where the event could be held.

UT Adviser Parimal Rai maintains the final decision on venue will be taken by the Central government in consultation with the administration. “Before taking a final decision, all the proposed venues will be visited by teams of Central government and administration,” said Rai.

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The venue will be selected after getting clearance from the Special Protection Group (SPG). “The security aspect will be crucial in selection of the venue,” said the adviser.

The one-hour event, which will kick-start around 7 am, is being jointly organised by the Chandigarh Administration, Punjab and Haryana.

Record not on mind
LAST year, Modi did asanas on the first International Yoga Day along with 35,985 people belonging to 84 nationalities at Rajpath in Delhi, creating a world record.
Rai insists that setting a new record is not on their mind. “It’s a big event for us and our main focus is to ensure that everything goes well,” he said.

None of the five venues can accommodate more than 15,000 people. Among all the venues, Capitol Complex has the maximum space with 50 hectare.

Modi’s third visit
THIS will be Modi’s third visit to the City Beautiful within a span of seven months. PM was in the city for French President Francois Hollande’s visit to the city on January 24. Modi’s first visit to Chandigarh as Prime Minister on September 11, 2015, was a public relations fiasco, with schools shut down, people asked to remain indoors, and even the crematorium inaccessible. The lockdown, which resembled a curfew, led to public outrage at the inconvenience caused. Modi publicly apologised to Chandigarh residents over Twitter, and ordered a probe.

The UT adviser said elaborate arrangements would be made for the event and people would not face any inconvenience. Unlike the September 11 visit, no restrictions would be imposed by the administration on general public.