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Yoga Day: Delhi no-fly zone, four-tier security in place at Rajpath

The Capital will remain a no-fly zone during the International Yoga Day event at central’s Delhi’s Rajpath on Sunday morning.

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2015 06:36 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The Capital will remain a no-fly zone during the International Yoga Day event at central’s Delhi’s Rajpath on Sunday morning.

A four-layer foolproof security arrangement has been made at the event venue, which will turn into a fortress with the deployment of over 5,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces, 500 CCTV cameras, 50 sniffer dogs, 10 mounted police teams and 50 ambulances.

Eighteen deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) will personally patrol the entire area within a 2-km radius of India Gate, which will be sealed with commandos and trained sharp shooters between 6am and 9am.

Special commissioner of police (law and order), Deepak Mishra, along with special CPs (traffic and security) and joint CPs of all the six ranges and security will monitor the entire security arrangements.

The entire venue, which includes the lawns of Rajpath, has been bifurcated into 15 zones and each which will be looked after by a DCP. Five fire tenders and the same number of bomb disposal squads are being stationed at the venue where a total of around 30,000 people including VIPs will assemble for the Yoga session.

Security forces will be deployed in full strength from 3am onwards as the event is scheduled to begin at 6.30am. A total of 17 contingency routes have been prepared for mass evacuation during an emergency situation. Preparations have been made in such a way that the evacuation would be orderly and controlled after the event.

“Some staff of all the 11 police districts have been deployed on special duty in the New Delhi police district, while pickets and checkpoints have been set up across the capital to check vehicles with special focus on border areas. Security is also kept tight at railway stations and inter-state bus terminals,” said Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police spokesperson.

All geared up

The New Delhi Municipal Council has created ‘Yoga Sthals’ in Lodhi Gardens, Laxmi Bai Nagar, Sanjay Jheel, Nehru Park, Subhash Park, Netaji Nagar, Talkatora Garden and Children Park, India Gate.

The Education Department of the NDMC has deputed yoga teachers to hold sessions in all public parks/gardens under its jurisdiction in the morning from 6.30 to 8.30 am on all days of the week.

The Education Department of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has organised an event at Thyagaraj stadium, where, officials say, more than 5,000 people are expected to attend along with 400 schools kids, who will perform 21 Asanas at the event.


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First Published: Jun 20, 2015 22:33 IST