Dress rehearsal for Republic Day to bring traffic to a halt in heart of city

Security cover stepped up this year,about 25,000 personnel to be deployed on streets.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 3:02:52 am

The Delhi Police said the city will see increased police presence on Monday with around 25,000 security personnel being posted on roads to prevent any untoward incidents ahead of the Republic Day celebrations and its full dress rehearsal scheduled for Monday.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said,“Elaborate security and traffic arrangements have been made for the Republic Day parade and its full dress rehearsal. As many as 250 companies (25,000 personnel) from the paramilitary and other state forces as well as Delhi Police will be deployed across the city. The increased security presence is to ensure the event passes off smoothly,in the backdrop of the terror attack outside the Delhi High Court last September.”

Additionally,a massive ground-to-air security apparatus has been put in place for the annual parade. Snipers will be deployed at high-rise buildings while over 160 CCTVs will keep a check on movement on and near the routes of the parade. Mobile hit teams,anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of National Security Guard will also be deployed at various places.

A multi-layer security ring has already been put in place at Rajpath,where President Pratibha Patil will unfurl the tricolour and receive the salute of the marching contingents. As part of the air defence measures,helicopters of the Indian Air Force will hover around Rajpath and nearby areas. “A special emphasis is being laid on anti-sabotage checks,access control measures and intelligence coordination. Elaborate air defence measures,including the deployment of anti-aircraft guns,have also been made to check any intrusion into secure air space,” a senior official said.

Patrolling in crowded market areas has been intensified along with an increase in frisking in the Delhi Metro,railway stations and bus terminals. Security at the IGI airport has also strengthened in coordination with the CISF. Checking has been intensified at entry points,with police setting up barricades to keep a vigil on those entering the Capital.

Senior officials said that no vehicles will be allowed to ply on the Rajpath from 6 pm on January 25 to the end of the parade on January 26. Vehicular movement will be affected on Tilak Marg,Bahadurshah Zafar Marg,Netaji Subhash Marg up to Red Fort from 4 am on January 26 till the end of the parade.

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