Multi-layered security and social distancing norms in place for I-Day celebrations

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New Delhi : Amid coronavirus pandemic and its strong grip on nation, multi-layered security and strict social distancing norms will be in place during the celebration of 74th Independence Day at Red Fort. A security ring, including NSG snipers, elite SWAT commandos and kite catchers, will be placed around the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation.

"The Delhi Police has made multilayered arrangements in connection with the Independence Day celebrations. Necessary coordination has been made with other agencies like the NSG, SPG and ITBP. All the agencies will work in close coordination with each other to cater to all kinds of threat inputs. SWAT teams and 'Parakram' vans have been strategically stationed," Anil Mittal, Additional PRO Delhi Police, said.

Over 300 security cameras have been placed on the route and their footages are being monitored continuously.

There will be around 4,000 security personnel at the Red Fort and they will stand in adherence with social distancing norms, they said. Also, medical booths have been formed at different locations to take care of attendees with coronavirus symptoms.

Thermal screening of attendees is mandatory at all entry points, ambulances will remain stationed for any emergency service. A thorough sanitisation of the premises inside and outside the Red Fort is being carried out on a regular basis, officials said.

For complete safety, the attendees have been asked to wear protective gears like face masks, face shields and maintain social distance. An adequate number of masks are also being kept handy for distribution at various points of venue. Similarly, availability of hand sanitisers at pre-defined locations has been done, they said. The security in and around railways stations has also been intensified.

"Security personnel have been deployed at railways stations and along the tracks. There will be no movement of trains from 6.45 am to 8.45 am on Independence Day on particular tracks near the Red Fort due to VVIP movement," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Harendra Kumar Singh had said. The guest list also has been pruned and about 4,000 plus invites have been issued to officials, diplomats, members of public and media.