The UT administration is all geared up to make the second International Yoga Day on June 21 a mega event and is spending nearly Rs 50 lakh on its publicity. The administration has also roped in yoga guru Ramdev for a four-day yoga camp from June 9 to 12. The venue of the camp will be finalised soon.
The June 21 event will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Capitol Complex where 35,000 people are expected to do yoga with him. Another 70,000 residents will do yoga at 200 locations across the city.
The administration sources said Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will also attend the event. Efforts are on to bring on board Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar will also be present.
In all, the administration is spending about Rs 8 crore on the event. A Delhi company has already been hired for Rs 2.8 crore to put in place the infrastructure for the event. The administration will spend about Rs 50 lakh on advertisements on radio and in newspapers, banners, billboards and pamphlets.
The second day of the yoga camp saw a good response. At Panjab University, more than 500 people have been attending the yoga classes for the last three days. More people are attending camps in other parts of the city.