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International Yoga Day in Chandigarh: Capitol Complex turns fortress

With just three days left for the second International Yoga Day (June 21), the area around the main venue, Capitol Complex, has turned into a fortress as more than 1,000 cops are keeping a tight vigil there.

punjab Updated: Jun 18, 2016 14:20 IST
Monica Sharma
Monica Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Tents put up at the Capitol Complex ahead of the International Yoga Day. (Ravi Kumar /HT Photo)

With just three days left for the second International Yoga Day (June 21), the area around the main venue, Capitol Complex, has turned into a fortress as more than 1,000 cops are keeping a tight vigil there.

Hectic preparations were on at the Capitol Complex on Friday as workers were seen giving last-minute touches to road berms besides putting cement tiles and rolling carpets at the venue entrance.

Temporary toilets, water and medical booths have also been installed. Officials said of 10,000 residents rehearsing at nearly 180 camps across the city, only 1,500 will be able to make it to the main venue. In all, more than 85,000 people have registered from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana for the event, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chandigarh deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “In all, 6,500 to 7,000 people from Chandigarh, including 3,600 school students, will be adjusted at the main venue.”

The PM will perform yogic asanas along with 30,500 participants at the Capitol Complex. About 10,000 people are expected to participate from Punjab and Haryana each in the main event. Besides, 2,000 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel will also perform.

A detailed meeting was held with trainers, group leaders and representatives of the UT, Punjab and Haryana participating in the main event. The group leaders were briefed about duties and as how to manage their groups. Participants from the army and air force will also attend the session.

UT adviser Parimal Rai and the deputy commissioner discussed the logistics of the event and asked the group leaders to give details about the participants and also allotted bus numbers to avoid any confusion.

The trainers were also taken to the spot where they will perform yoga. They were given 11-point instructions as how the group leader will be responsible for every 50-member group.

Police personnel resting after a briefing session on Friday. (Karun sharma/HT Photo)

The group leader will be required to send SMS soon after the participants board the bus.

DC Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “The participants will be issued radio frequency identification (RFID) cards by tomorrow. Soon after finalisation of names, the participants will be informed through SMS.”

Mohali cops out in civvies in markets

SAS Nagar: In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Chandigarh for the International Yoga Day on June 21, city police have started keeping a vigil on markets and sensitive areas in civil clothes. Police teams on Friday checked hotels in Sector 70 and Phase-1 and verified the credentials of guests there.

UT depts on toes to make event a success

Chandigarh: All UT departments right from the administration, municipal corporation, UT engineering wing, estate office, sanitation wing to the Chandigarh police, everyone is on their toes to make the second International Day on June 21 a success.

From top brass to the junior most employees, everybody is putting in efforts to put all arrangements in place to avoid any kind of confusion on the D-day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach the city on June 20 night and leave the next morning immediately after the event which begins at 6.40am.

Be it police personnel, who are clocking in at least 10 hours a day or safai karamcharis cleaning every nook and corner or horticulture workers sprucing up flower beds, everyone has been sweating it out in the scorching heat for the past 10 days.

Around 1,000 constables, 300 women cops, deployed in and around the Capitol Complex, have been reporting on duty at 9am since June 14. They leave around 6pm. There is no proper drinking water arrangement for these cops.

“We have been deployed to maintain vigil but there is no arrangement for drinking water. While putting us on VVIP duties, the authorities should also consider the welfare of its junior staff,” a policeman said. There are safai karamacharis and other 1,000 workers who are busy cleaning up the entire complex without any shade to cover them. Horticulture department workers have been working on sprucing up the area.

First Published: Jun 18, 2016 14:14 IST