Security, traffic restrictions: How Delhi is preparing for I-Day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 13:58 IST
National Security Guards (NSG) commandos have been deployed as part of the unprecedented security blanked thrown around the Red Fort ahead of the Independence Day. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

As the national capital gets ready for the 69th Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, here’s a look at the layers of security for the big event.

A bullet-proof enclosure for Prime Minister Narendra while delivering his speech from the Mughal-era monument will be constructed at Red Fort. However, Modi may still discard the enclosure like last year when he decided to interact with the people without the security barrier.

A five-tier security cordon to be put in place around the monument for the official unfurling of the Tricolour by Modi and his address to the nation.

As many as 200 specially trained NSG, SWAT and BSF commandos will be in position in a 500-metre radius from the ramparts of the fort. The special commandos will be equipped with fully automatic Beretta assault rifles, high-tech communication gadgets, body armour, protective helmets, knee pads and gloves.

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Sharpshooters of NSG deployed on the high-rises near the 17th century fort.

Two ultra high-resolution cameras will be mounted on two towers of the fort to keep tabs on all activities near it

High-rises in the vicinity of the Red Fort — even as far as the Videocon Tower in Jhadewalan, which is at an aerial distance of 2.5km — is being sanitised and secured by snipers from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces.


How India is gearing up for Independence Day celebrations

More than 100 specially designed metal detectors are being put in place for the first time in and around the venue. These high-tech metal detectors can detect any metal, be it weapons or binoculars, pointing towards the Red Fort from anywhere within 1-km radius.

Nearly 6,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces to be deployed around the venue and along routes to be taken by VVIPs and the PM’s motorcade from his residence to the Red Fort.

Over 300 CCTV cameras have been installed in the vicinity of the venue and another 700 are being installed on every alternate street light pole on all routes leading to the venue. A central control room has been set up at the Red Fort.

No cameras, binoculars, handbags, briefcases, transistors, cigarette lighters, tiffin boxes, mobile phones, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc will be permitted at Red Fort on Saturday.

Security agencies are using satellite imagery to map the area around the Red Fort to check all high-rises and a no-fly zone will be enforced over Delhi during the function.

Metro and train services

Double-layered frisking by CISF personnel at entry points of select metro stations. Armed commandos and quick reaction teams will be deployed at a few stations.

Increased patrolling in and around metro stations; additional CISF personnel deployed in over 130 metro stations in the national capital region.

A few sensitive metro stations will be closed during the function on Saturday Security also increased in all train stations; parcel facilities at all railway stations withdrawn from August 13 to 15.

Interstate border will be sealed from 12 am on Friday.

Additional manpower has been deployed at important public facilities including Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Overall security

Altogether 40,000 security personnel deployed across the city to keep a hawk-eyed vigil against any possible terror strike.

Over 12,000 of these personnel, drawn from paramilitary forces and Delhi Police, have been deployed in high security areas, especially in and around the Red Fort Specialised units like quick reaction teams, bomb squad and dog squad are being deployed along with the commando units of Delhi Police at sensitive points.

Heightened security cover has been put in place around Rajghat where Modi will lay a wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi before proceeding to Red Fort.

Crowded places like markets, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and establishments of strategic importance are also being closely watched. Several buildings, including the Income Tax Office and Vyapar Bhawan that fall on the route taken by the VVIPs, will be sealed by Delhi Police on Friday.

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