New Delhi: India will celebrate its 70th Republic Day on Saturday with a dazzling display of ‘Nari Shakti’, led by the Assam Rifles contingent. The event will begin with the laying of wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Fifty-eight tribal guests from various parts of the country, 22 tableaux of states and central government departments, and performance by school children will mark the 90-minute parade of this year’s Republic Day.

The Parade will begin at 9.50 AM from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards Rajpath, ‘C’ Hexagon, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg, to culminate at Red Fort. (Republic Day 2019: List of Stations Where Delhi Metro Services Will Remain Affected)

Twenty-two tableaux from various states and central government departments on developmental, cultural and historical themes will be part of this year’s Republic Day parade. Some of the tableaux on cultural themes will have integrated folk dances, a Home Ministry office memorandum said.

Four helicopters would precede the parade commander. The lead helicopter will carry the national flag and the other three choppers would carry services flags, while the echelon aircraft would shower flower petals.

As many as 26 national award winning children, seated in open jeeps, will also form part of the cultural pageant. Three groups of children from Delhi schools and one group of children from Eastern zone Cultural Centre will be part of the parade. In front of the presidential dias at Rajpath, each group will perform for about 2 minutes.  “The duration of the Republic Day parade 2019 will be around 90 minutes,” the home ministry said.

58 tribal guests from various parts of the country have been invited to witness the celebrations in national capital. The tribal guests and tableaux artists will call on the president, the vice president, the prime minister and the tribal affairs minister. They will be taken on sightseeing tours in and around the capital city.

Security Tightened Across The National Capital: 

Women commandos, mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters have been deployed at strategic locations to keep a close watch on the eight-km-long Republic Day parade route from Rajpath to the Red Fort in central Delhi.

According to Delhi Police, parakram vans, manned by NSG-trained commandos, have been patrolling strategic locations to ensure that security is not jeopardised. Elaborate measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, have also been put in place to secure the airspace over Delhi, police said.

A senior police officer said around 25,000 security personnel have been deployed at strategic locations in central Delhi, which were on the target of two terrorists arrested ahead of the 70th Republic Day celebrations.

The JeM members had identified Lajpat Nagar market, Haj Manzil, Turkman Gate, Paharganj, India Gate and IGL gas pipeline in east Delhi as potential targets, police said. A multi-layer security arrangement has been made.
Thirty six women commandos of Delhi Police’s Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit, who were formally inducted in August last year, will be part of the security deployment.

Traffic Advisory Issued: 

To ensure smooth conduct of 70th Republic Day parade, the Delhi Traffic Police issued advisory in the national capital. Commuters have been advised to avoid certain routes and roads. The police have also warned the public to remain vigilant and inform the authorities about any suspicious person or object they come across on Saturday.

Here are the traffic restrictions:

  • No traffic on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to India Gate from 06.00 PM on 25.01.2019 till Parade is over.
  • No cross traffic on Rajpath from 11.00 PM on 25.01.2019 at Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road till Parade is over.
  • ‘C’-Hexagon-India Gate will be closed for traffic from 02.00 AM on 26.01.2019 till Parade crosses Tilak Marg.
  • From 10.00 AM on 26.01.2019 traffic on Tilak Marg, BSZ Marg and Subhash Marg will not be allowed on both directions. Cross traffic will only be allowed depending upon the movement of the Parade.
  • No HTV/LGV will be allowed to enter Delhi from borders from 22.00 PM on 25.01.19 till the Parade is over.
    No HTV/LGV will be allowed to ply between ISBT Sarai kale Khan and ISBT Kashmere Gate on Ring Road from 07.30 AM to 13.30 PM on 26.01.19.

The Delhi Traffic Police also issued instructions that are to be followed by the general public. The department has advised the people to inform the nearest policeman on duty as soon as possible in case any unidentified object or suspicious person is seen.

About Republic Day: 

India was an independent nation but it didn’t have a Constitution and hence couldn’t elect its leaders to run the country. So, the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950. The Constitution replaced the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. Since then, we celebrate Republic Day every year on January 26.

The Drafting Committee, with Dr. BR Ambedkar as a chairman, was formed to draft a permanent Constitution. On November 4, 1947, the committee submitted its first draft. The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on November 26, 1949, but was finally adopted on January 26, 1950. “If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it,” Ambedkar had said.