Amid apprehensions that anti-social elements may try to disrupt the Republic Day function in the city,the police have stepped up security at various places.
The threat perception this year is very high and we are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring security before and on the Republic Day, Senior Superintendent of Police S S Srivastava said.
Sources say a meeting between intelligence agencies and the police was called to assess the situation and chalk-out strategies to deal with any eventuality.
Talking to media persons today,Srivastava praised his men for having succeeded in keeping the city free from terrorist strikes during festivals earlier.
Search and combing operations are going on in different parts of the city. Several police parties have been deployed for night domination and have been deputed at various checkposts. The Parade Ground has been put on guard till the Republic Day function is over, he added.
The traffic police,meanwhile,have planned some diversions in view of the function at the Parade Ground,Sector 17 and for the At Home function in the Raj Bhawan.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) H S Doon said the stretches between the cricket stadium roundabout and the small rotary near Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump; from Sector 16 and 17 crossing to the cricket stadium roundabout on Jan Marg and from the light point near Lyons Restaurant in Sector 17 to the Parade Ground,would remain closed for those with vehicles,from 7 am till the conclusion of the function.
No vehicles will be allowed in the parking lot in front of shops in the Sector 22A-market.
People can park their vehicles in Sector 22B,adjacent to the Blood Disease Hospital in Sector 23B; on the backside of Neelam Cinema,Sector 17; in the parking lot of the Football Stadium and in the Circus Ground,Sector 17.
All the buses coming from Haryana,Punjab,HP would be diverted towards ISBT Chowk from Bajwara Chowk and Piccadilly Chowk via Himalya Marg and enter ISBT,Sector 17 from the Small Chowk.
The road from the roundabouts of Sector 5,6,7,8 till the T-point near the Golf Club and from the T-point near Punjab Raj Bhawan,towards the Advisors residence will remain closed from 2 pm onwards till the function at Raj Bhawan concludes.