New Delhi: With Republic Day around the corner, large parts of Delhi’s roads — Mayur Vihar, Ashok Nagar, DND, Ashram, Akshardham, Mathura Road among others witnessed major clogging on Monday morning following the traffic restrictions put in place by the Delhi police. Most of the roads near the Republic Day parade rehearsal route were blocked by traffic police for the final dress rehearsal of the parade prior to January 26.
Traffic police had issued advisories regarding the route for the four dress rehearsals prior to the big day — 26 Jan. Following the prior announcements traffic was not allowed along the parade route on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to India Gate with the C-Hexagon also being closed till the parade got over, badly hitting central Delhi with traffic jams.
Commuters were forced to take the longer route in order to reach their required destinations.
The actual parade on Republic Day will be following the same route as the rehearsals.
Due to the Republic Day celebrations, Delhi police has deployed their forces across the city and the heavy security will remain till Thursday evening until the festivities last.
From Sunday night, more than 60,000 security men including Delhi police, CRPFs and NSG commandos have been deployed. SWAT commandos of Delhi Police will also be taking specific positions on the parade route till Red Fort. Indian Air Force has also trained a police team in order to track and report all the mysterious flying objects and alert IAF.
Commenting on the matter, Special CP Mukesh Meena said, “We have requested people who have installed CCTV in their shops and homes to keep them in good condition. Cameras have also been installed along the parade routes to keep an eye on the movements.”
As per an official, from January 25, all borders in national capital will be sealed and cars entering will be checked thoroughly. Also, CCTV cameras have been installed throughout the parade route and around 8 control rooms have been set up to monitor the CCTV feed.
Putting it all together, the national capital is expected to be covered from ground to air with thousands of armed personnel in the coming hours and days for the R-Day celebrations in Delhi.