Republic Day 2018: The Delhi Traffic police have issued an advisory according to which no traffic movement will be allowed on Rajpath and Vijay Chowk from 3 PM onwards on January 25 until the end of Republic Day Parade.
Republic Day 2018: India will be celebrating its 69th Republic Day tomorrow and like every year, Delhi is ready to host the magnificent Parade along Rajpath. Considering it is such a big event lasting hours, and since it also requires top class security to be in place, a number of the busiest of roads in the city will be closed for traffic. So, those people on the road who want to avoid unnecessary problems, can do so by checking out what they should not do from today itself. The route of the Republic Day Parade will start from Vijay Chowk at 9:50 AM and from there it passes through Raisina Hill near Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House) and follows Rajpath past India Gate and finally ends at the Red Fort grounds. The Delhi Traffic police have issued an advisory according to which no traffic movement will be allowed on Rajpath and Vijay Chowk from 3 PM onwards on January 25 until the end of Republic Day Parade. Even Delhi Metro services will be affected and travellers will have to be careful about how they are planning their trips.
In a statement issued by DMRC, it has been revealed that Delhi Metro services will be affected on Republic Day because of security instructions issued by the Delhi Police. The statement said that Metro schedules of the following lines have been partially modified for January 26: Line 2 (HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli), Line 3 (Noida City Centre – Dwarka Sector 21), Line 4 (Yamuna Bank to Vaishali) and Line 6 (Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar)
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The entry and exit gates at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations will remain closed from 6 am to 12 noon on Friday. In Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg Metro stations entry and exit will remain closed from 8:45 am to 12:00 Noon. Central Secretariat station will only be used for interchange of passengers between Line 2 (HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli) and Line 6 (Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar).
The report also said, “for Line 3 and 4, train services will be stopped at Mandi House and Pragati Maidan Metro stations during the period when parade passes under Tilak Bridge. However, the actual time of stoppage of train movement will be on receipt of directions from New Delhi Police Control Room.” During the time of Parade, trains will run in three short loops on this corridor – Noida City Centre to Indraprastha, Vaishali to Yamuna Bank, Dwarka Sector 21 to Barakhamba Road, added the report.
The metro stations on Line-6 connecting ITO, Delhi Gate, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid will remain open throughout the day. However, the report added that certain entry and exit gates at these stations will remain closed from the beginning of services till 12:00 Noon. These gates are ITO (Gate No. 3 and 4), Delhi Gate (Gate No. 1, 4 and 5), Lal Quila (Gate No. 1 and 4) and Jama Masjid (Gate No. 3 and 4).
The Republic Day celebrations will be over on January 29 with Beating Retreat ceremony and Delhi Metro services will be affected by the event. The DMRC release said that the metro services at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations of Line 2 will not be available from 2:00 pm to 6.30 pm on January 29. However, interchange of passengers from Line 2 to Line 6 (Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar) and vice versa will be allowed at Central Secretariat Metro station during this period. Normal services at these stations will be restored at 6:30 PM.
The Republic Day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of implementation of the Constitution in the country on January 26, 1950. The parade includes march past of armed forces along with tableaux, representing different cultures of India. The parade also showcases the military might of the country with tanks, fighter jets, missiles and radars on display. It is a spectacular event and due to security concerns, the administrations have to follow certain procedures.
Each year a head of the state from another country is invited during the parade. But this time, the Republic Day parade will be even grander as all the ASEAN leaders will be present during the parade. The heads from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei – will be hosted in this year’s celebrations. The significance of the ASEAN leaders attending the event is that ASEAN completes 50 years since its formation and that India completes 25 years of its partnership with the grouping.