India is celebrating its 74th Republic Day today on 26 January. Like every time in the parade, this time also tableaus of many states will be included. Along with this, 50 aircraft of the Air Force will show their might. This year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will be the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations. However, this time on Republic Day you will also see many new things. Because, for the first time the Republic Day parade will pass through the duty path. Earlier this place was known as Rajpath. But this time the Government of India has developed this place and named it as Kartavya Path. Therefore, the Republic Day parade will not be held on the Rajpath, but on the duty path.
At the same time, this will be the first time when VVIPs will not be in the first line to watch the Republic Day parade. This time rickshaw pullers, footpath shopkeepers, laborers developing the duty path and their relatives will sit in the first row. The Government of India has given them the name of Shramjeevi. Earlier, the first row of the Republic-Day parade was always reserved for VVIPs, but this time the workers will be given space in the first row.
There will be a demonstration of women power
Along with this, the laborers working in the Central Vista Project will also be honored. This time there will be a display of women power on Republic Day. Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy will lead the marching contingent of the Indian Air Force for the Republic Day parade. Apart from this, many marching squads will be such that only women will be there. The special thing is that apart from the army, tableaux of DRDO and ex-servicemen will also be included in the Republic Day parade.
Egypt’s 120-member marching contingent will participate in the parade
Agniveers will also be included in the parade. This year, along with the President of Egypt, a 120-member marching contingent of his country will also participate in the parade at the Republic Day celebrations. Along with this, for the first time, 21 gun salute will be given with 105 mm indigenous gun instead of 25 pounder guns. It is also a symbol of India’s self-reliance. With its last sortie for the parade, the Navy’s IL-38 aircraft will enter the history books. This maritime reconnaissance aircraft has served the Navy for almost 42 years. The 44 aircraft participating in the fly past will include nine Rafale jets and other aircraft including light attack helicopters.
Security will be tight during the parade
This time 60 to 65 thousand people are going to reach to see the parade to be held on 26 January. For this, QR code will be used in the entry. Everyone will be given entry through this. Along with this, only valid pass holders and ticket buyers will be given entry to watch the parade. 24 help desks have been set up by the New Delhi district to ensure that the visitors do not face any kind of trouble and to maintain the security system. Along with this, 6 thousand policemen will be involved in security during the parade and NSG team will also be present along with intelligence agencies. A total of more than 27000 security personnel have been deployed in security. More than 150 CCTV cameras will monitor the Republic Day parade and its surrounding areas. High-rise buildings have been closed since the evening of 25 January.
Entry of heavy vehicles closed in Delhi
The entry of heavy vehicles has been stopped in Delhi since the night of 25 January. Heavy vehicles will be stopped at all the borders of Delhi. This ban will remain till 10 am on January 26. After this, entry will be given to heavy vehicles. However, heavy vehicles will not be able to enter from Ring Road i.e. towards New Delhi. Apart from this, only pass vehicles will be given entry in these areas. At the same time, entry will be given to the local people in New Delhi district only after verification and on January 26 from 4 am on the duty path, Janpath, India Gate, Copernicus Marg, the movement of vehicles will be stopped.
These routes are closed for vehicles
According to the advisory of Delhi Traffic Police, the Republic Day parade will start from Vijay Chowk at 10:30 am and proceed towards Red Fort. This parade will pass through Kartavya Path, C-Hexagon, Subhash Chandra Bose Gol Chakkar, Tilak Marg and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and Red Fort. Due to this, no traffic will be allowed on the duty path from Vijay Chowk to India Gate from 6 pm on January 25 till the end of the parade on January 26. There will be no cross-traffic on Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road and Dutsepath till the parade is over.
free ride in metro
People invited to the Republic Day celebrations and people going to see the ceremony with e-tickets will get free rides at two metro stations. If you exit from the two stations falling near the duty path- Udyog Bhavan and Central Secretariat and you have a ticket, or invitation card or admit card for the Republic Day program, then you will be able to exit from these two metro stations for free.
(Aaj Tak Bureau)