Heavy rains lashed parts of Delhi and Noida early morning Thursday as the nation prepares to celebrate its 73rd Independence Day. The Met department has predicted the sky would be cloudy in the morning with the possibility of a light drizzle.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his sixth straight Independence Day address from the Red Fort at 7.30 am. Waterlogging and puddle on roads, leading to the Red Fort caused an inconvenience to visitors, PTI reported.
More rainfall is predicted during the day, the weatherman said.
“The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal while the humidity in the morning hours was 68 per cent,” PTI quoted Met official as saying.
The Delhi Police has used cameras equipped with facial recognition software for the first time to secure the Red Fort. A multi-layered security arrangement, involving SWAT commandos and NSG snipers, have been put in place for the capital.
Army, paramilitary forces and 20,000 Delhi Police personnel have also been deployed. “Police have also deployed anti-drone detection systems to secure the skies around Red Fort. Around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed,” a senior police officer said.
Several roads leading to the Red Fort were barricaded for security purpose with heavy deployment of police personnel at every point in and around it.
Specially-equipped ‘Parakram’ vans have been stationed at crucial junctions, officials told PTI. Additionally, special “spotters” are keeping an eye on parking areas, while regular anti-sabotage drills are being conducted as well. Police personnel are also making enquiries at hotels for possible suspects lodged there, PTI reported.
This will be Modi’s sixth straight Independence Day speech, a number equal to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who gave six straight speeches between the years 1998-2003. This will also be his first August 15 address after coming back to power with a huge mandate in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.