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Security on high for Republic Day
- 25 platoons of police to be deployed, vehicles to be diverted from several routes

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 20: The city police have made elaborate arrangements for security and traffic regulation on the Republic Day, when the parade would take place on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg connecting PMG Square and Master Canteen.

As a huge turnout is expected on the occasion, 25 platoons of police would be deployed to ensure security while vehicles coming to the parade venue would be diverted from several junctions before reaching the area.

“Vehicular movement will be regulated on Mahatma Gandhi Marg on January 26 from 7am till the end of the parade,” said a senior police officer.

Restrictions on the movement of vehicles around the place would also be applicable on January 22 and 23 from 2pm to 5pm and on January 24 from 6.30am to 9am, when rehearsals for the parade would be held.

Police officials said that the roads leading to the Mahatma Gandhi Marg would be blocked at several places, as per the powers conferred to the city police under section 28 of the Orissa Urban Police (OUP) Act, 2003 (Orissa act 8 of 2007) and in pursuance of regulations 36 and 37 of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate (Traffic and Public Order) Regulations, 2008.

According to a ‘notice’ issued by the city police, heavy vehicles would not be allowed to come towards the Master Canteen Square either from the Ram Mandir crossing or from the Raj Mahal Square on the above mentioned days and time. There would however be no restrictions on two wheelers and light vehicles coming to Master Canteen from Ram Mandir and Raj Mahal. But no such vehicles would be allowed to enter the Mahatma Gandhi Marg on these days.

Similarly, vehicles coming towards the Rabindra Mandap Square from Acharya Vihar would be diverted to the left, near Keshari Talkies while the vehicles coming to PMG Square from AG Square would be diverted near Jayadev Bhawan towards IG Park. Those coming from 120 Infantry Battalion crossing towards Rabindra Mandap would be diverted towards Unit-IV at the MLA Colony crossing.

All the approach lanes to the Mahatma Gandhi Marg would be sealed and only pedestrians would be allowed to enter the parade venue. The sale of gas balloons and any dangerous or explosive substances would be prohibited in the area between PMG Square and Master Canteen Square on January 26 from 6.30am onwards till the end of the parade.

As far as parking of vehicles on the day is concerned, people coming from Master Canteen would park their vehicles in the BDA Bus stand near Railway Station and in the open space in front of the Congress Bhavan. Those coming from AG Square would be asked to use the open space in front of IDCOL auditorium and the Jayadev Bhavan for parking.

Similarly, people coming towards Rabindra Mandap Square would park their vehicles in the open space in front of State Bank of India and the Rabindra Mandap campus. The Khandia Park in Unit-III and the Girls’ High school ground in Unit-II have been identified for parking.

“We have tried to make the best possible arrangement to ensure smooth traffic movement. We expect the citizens to cooperate with us and enjoy the parade,” said a senior police officer.

The deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Himanshu Lal said there would be three-tier security arrangement for the parade. “More than 25 platoons of police will be deployed at various junctions of the city on the day,’ he added.

Besides the policemen in civil dress would also keep a watch on the parade venue to ensure that incidents like the one that took place during the last Independence Day function, when a political worker crossed the security barricade and came close to the chief minister, were not repeated.

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