Final touches being given to preparations for Yoga Day event
Elaborate arrangements for security, healthcare and sanitation are being given ’final touches’ at Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute — the venue where PM Narendra Modi will lead a crowd of some 50,000 yoga enthusiasts on June 21)dehradun Updated: Jun 19, 2018 22:30 IST
Elaborate arrangements for security, healthcare and sanitation are being given “final touches” at Dehradun’s sprawling Forest Research Institute (FRI) — the venue where PM Narendra Modi will lead a crowd of some 50,000 yoga enthusiasts on International Yoga Day (June 21).
Modi will reach Dehradun on June 20 by a special plane flying him from New Delhi and will land at the Jollygrant airport at 9 pm. He will be taken to the Raj Bhavan, where he will spend the night.
The next morning at 6.30, he will reach the FRI ground along with chief minister Triverndra Singh Rawat and Union minister of state for Ayush Shripad Naik. Modi “will practise yoga along with 50,000 yoga enthusiasts” before flying back to New Delhi.
Chief secretary Utpal Kumar said that there’s overwhelming response to International Yoga Day. “Making arrangements for such a big event is no doubt very challenging,” he admitted adding that officials making preparations for the crucial occasion are charged up.
Giving details of the arrangements the top official said nothing is being left to chance. “All aspects of arrangements from security, to the availability of potable water to electricity and healthcare and sanitary measures, are being ensured at the venue,” he said. “All security agencies involved including the police and the Special Protection Group (SPG) etc are leaving nothing to chance,” he said referring to the agency (SPG) which looks after the security of the PM.
Speaking about medical facilities he said that around 25 ambulances, along with as many medical experts, will be stationed at the venue.
He discounted reports suggesting that 50,000 people gathering at the sprawling FRI ground with leafy forests teeming with bird and animal life will end up damaging its fragile environment. “The forest and wildlife on the FRI campus will remain unharmed as we have a system in place for both pre and post event cleanliness,” Singh said. “We also appeal to those who will participate in the event to help maintain cleanliness at the venue.”
Officials supervising the arrangements at the FRI ground said that on June 21 a fleet of buses will be pressed into service to provide easy transportation to people. “In fact, we appeal to them to use buses to reach FRI instead of using their own vehicles,” Singh said.
According to him, only the yoga exercises approved under the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) will be practised at the venue on International Yoga Day.
First Published: Jun 19, 2018 22:30 IST