New Delhi, Jan 26: An elaborate security cover has been placed in Delhi for the 70th Republic Day celebrations, especially from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort, the route of the parade, to avert any untoward incident.
About 25,000 security personnel are keeping a tight vigil in the national capital to prevent any terror strike. Security has been enhanced in Delhi following the recent arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists.
Multi-layered security cover has been placed in the national capital with deployment of 25,000 police personnel, including traffic personnel who have been deployed at various locations in the city.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said as part of security arrangements, Delhi police is using CCTV cameras and face-recognition cameras at Rajpath in Central Delhi.
In order to keep a tight vigil on the route of Republic Day parade from Rajpath to the Red Fort, there has been a deployment of mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns, snipers and sharpshooters. Among other security measures, anti-aircraft guns, have also been put in place.
Heavy security arrangements have also been placed at crowded places in the national capital, including markets, railway stations, bus stands and Metro stations. The traffic police have also issued an advisory for the Republic Day to facilitate smooth passage of the parade, besides that Delhi Metro services will also be partially curtailed on that day.
The services of Delhi Metro will be partially curtailed on January 26, as part of the security arrangements for the Republic Day celebrations as per the instructions of Delhi Police. Metro schedules of Line 2 (HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli), and Line 6 (Kashmere Gate-Raja Nahar Singh) have been partially modified for Saturday.
As per modified schedule on Republic Day, on Line 2 (HUDA City Centre - Samaypur Badli), entry and exit at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations will remain closed from 0600 am up to 1200 noon.
Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg Metro stations entry and exit will remain closed from 0845 am to 1200 noon. Central Secretariat station will only be used for interchange of passengers between Line 2 and Line 6. On Line 6 (Kashmere Gate-Raja Nahar Singh) -- the Metro stations on Line-6 namely ITO, Delhi Gate, Lal Quila and Jama Masjid will remain open throughout the day.
However, certain entry/exit gates at these stations will remain closed from start of revenue services till noon as follows: ITO (Gate No 3, 4 & 6), Delhi Gate (Gate No 1, 4 & 5), Lal Quila (Gate No. 4) and Jama Masjid (Gate No 3 & 4). In addition, all Metro parking lots have been closed from 0600 am on Friday to 2 pm on January 26.
This step has also been taken as part of the security arrangements.