New Delhi, Aug 15: India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation for the fifth time on the occasion of India’s Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort. The prime minister’s speech at Red Fort is likely to start at 7.30 AM. Also Read - New Parliament Building to Come Up For Rs 971 Crore, PM Modi to Lay Foundation Stone on Dec 10

PM Modi will be received by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (MoS) for defence Dr Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. Thereafter, he will unfurl the national flag which will be synchronised with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the valiant gunners of the elite 2281 Field Battery (Ceremonial). Zee News will host the live streaming of PM Modi’s I-Day speech. Click here to watch live updates on Independence Day 2018 Narendra Modi Speech LIVE updates. Catch live updates on PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech 2018 here. Also Read - Gujarat BJP MP Abhay Bharadwaj Dies Due To COVID-19; PM Modi Offers Condolences

PM Modi’s I-Day speech will see the announcement of a slew of social welfare schemes which may include Modi-care, Sukanya Samridhi Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana. To ensure maximum broadcast, PM Modi’s Independence Day speech will be available on the Google homepage as public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has tied up with the tech giant for live-streaming the event. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Rajouri District, Army Jawan Martyred

In a first of first, the anchors of Doordarshan will present the event from the ramparts of Red Fort. Doordarshan’s coverage of Independence Day celebrations will open with a patriotic song recorded by singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan.

Strict security is in place ahead of the I-Day celebrations. Nearly 70,000 Delhi Police personnel are guarding the national capital and close to 10,000 cops have been deployed at Red Fort, which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people during the prime minister’s I-Day address. Apart from this, more than  500 CCTV cameras have been installed on the routes leading to the Red Fort with over 200 cameras in the fort itself. As per police, the footage is being monitored round the clock.

At least 36 women personnel of the Delhi Police Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit will also be guarding the venue with their male counterparts. Also, a special team of NSG snipers and commandos will form the inner layer of the security cordon, while anti-aircraft guns have been deployed to thwart any aerial intrusion by objects like drones and projectiles.

Aerial activities, including paragliding, flying UAVs and hot air balloons, across the city, has been prohibited. The buildings facing the Red Fort are being secured by police and paramilitary personnel.

Independence Day celebrations have begun with ministers and armed forces unfurling the tricolour at their respective places. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh unfurled the tricolour at his residence today. He then distributed sweets to the security personnel at his residence. Yesterday, Border Security Force (BSF), at the India-Bangladesh border at Agartala-Akhaura gave sweets to their Bangladeshi counterpart as part of I-Day celebrations. Click on the link given above to watch live streaming of Independence Day 2018 Narendra Modi Speech LIVE updates.