New Delhi, Aug 13: The full dress rehearsal of Independence Day celebrations were held at Red Fort in Delhi. The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory for August 15 that said that roads will be closed for general traffic at Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, SP Mukherjee Marg and Chandni Chowk Road, Nishad Raj Marg and Esplanade Road and its Link Road from 5 AM to 9 AM. (Also read: BJP Begins ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ Campaign)
Vehicles without parking labels for the parade have been advised to avoid Tilak Marg, Mathura Road, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Subhash Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road between Nizamuddin Bridge and ISBT Bridge. Movement of goods vehicles between Nizamuddin Bridge and Wazirabad Bridge will also be prohibited from August 14 midnight to 11 AM on August 15. Parking facilities will not be available at the Delhi Metro stations from 6 AM on August 14 till 2 PM on August 15. Delhi Police has shared the advisory via its FB page.
The advisory said that buses ordinarily terminating at Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Delhi Main Railway Station will be curtailed. Normal bus services would be resumed after 10 AM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day of the country. The national capital has been put on high alert following intelligence inputs of a possible terror attack. The security in Delhi has been beefed up following the inputs by Intel agencies that terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are planning an attack ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
In a related development, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board has issued an advisory directing all the caretakers and members of managing committees to ensure that ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is chanted in all school and colleges after Independence Day celebrations. The order also warned of “strict action” in case the directive is not complied with.