A Massive Change In Republic Day Parade This Yr

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The visitor listing and parade have been minimize brief this yr as a result of Covid. (File)

New Delhi:

The Republic Day parade will start half an hour later than normal this yr. With foggy days predicted round January 26, the parade will begin at 10.30 am as an alternative of 10 am for higher visibility, the Defence Ministry has determined.

“Since it’s being predicted that it is going to be a foggy morning for a greater viewing expertise for spectators on the parade, 10 giant LED screens – 5 on both sides of Rajpath – will likely be put in,” a senior Defence Ministry official mentioned immediately.

Curated movies combining footage from earlier Republic Day Parades, brief movies on the Armed Forces and tales associated to varied occasions within the run-up to the Republic day 2022 will likely be screened earlier than the parade begins. Later, the screens will beam the parade stay.

The visitor listing and parade have been minimize brief this yr as a result of Covid. Roughly 24,000 folks will likely be allowed to attend the Republic Day parade this yr, due to the Covid state of affairs in Delhi.

“Out of the roughly 24,000 individuals who will likely be attending the parade this yr, 19,000 are invited and the remaining are most people, who can buy tickets,” sources mentioned.

Final yr too, the parade happened amid the Covid pandemic and near 25,000 folks have been allowed to attend it.

Earlier than the pandemic erupted, within the 2020 parade, round 1.25 lakh folks have been permitted.

For the second yr in a row, the parade could not have any international dignitary as chief visitor.

However plenty of firsts are lined up this time.

On January 26, a nationwide flagship programme of the Nationwide Cadet Corps (NCC) ‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman’ will likely be launched as a part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to honour the supreme sacrifices of the fallen heroes in defending the Nation.

The household of some 5,000 fallen heroes will likely be offered with the Plaque of Gratitude by Nationwide Cadet Corp members everywhere in the nation across the similar time as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi pays homage to troopers on the Nationwide Warfare Memorial in New Delhi.

“This yr’s Republic Day falls within the 75th yr of India’s Independence being celebrated as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. You will note many firsts throughout the primary parade on Rajpath on January 26 as additionally through the “Beating Retreat” ceremony on January 29,” an officer mentioned.

As many as 75 plane are set to take part within the conventional fly-past that marks the tip of the ceremony. Classic in addition to fashionable plane like Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mi-17, Sarang, Apache and Dakota will likely be showcased. The Fly-Previous will witness 15 completely different formations by these plane/helicopters

Safety companies have fortified the areas round Rajpath, the ceremonial street on which the parade takes place, with multilayer safety after a bomb was discovered and defused on the Ghazipur flower market simply days earlier than the parade.

“We now have put in 300 CCTVs with facial recognition techniques to regulate each motion on this space,” a senior officer mentioned.

This yr, the parade will likely be held on a new-look Central Vista with modifications for the primary time to an iconic British-built a part of Delhi. The federal government is racing in opposition to time to get the ceremonial street Rajpath partially prepared for the annual January 26 present of India’s navy would possibly and tradition.

British-style chairs, lights and new pathways related with storm water drains are prepared, officers say, including that heavy rain prior to now few days slowed down the work.

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