| Workers prepare a Republic Day tableau at Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Police on Wednesday claimed to have made extensive arrangements in terms of law and order and traffic management for Republic Day celebration in the city.
Patna city superintendent of police (SP) Jayant Kant said at least 750 constables and more than 60 police officers would be deployed to look after the security arrangements in Patna on January 26. Besides, the city will witness several traffic diversions starting from 7am and continue till the programme at Gandhi Maidan, which includes hoisting of the Tricolour.
“Entry to the Gandhi Maidan has been restricted. A team of 750 constables has been deployed to take care of the security in and around the venue and the city. They will be guided by more than 60 police officers,” the SP said. The officer added that several quick response teams have been formed to act immediately upon any information. “Personnel of the squads will be spread across the city and will act upon any kind of information. Security checks in hotels and lodges will start immediately,” he added.
All police stations have been put on alert. “Heavy police presence should be visible on roads. We are emphasising on intensive patrolling. Station house officers of all police stations have been directed to take the lead in the patrolling process. Special branch personnel will visit the Gandhi Maidan around 6am on January 26 and submit a report before the programme starts. There will be police presence in all high-rises, such as State Bank of India building and Biscomaun Towers, near the Gandhi Maidan. Special security arrangements will be made at high court and the secretariat,” an officer said.
As far as traffic management is concerned, the police said the final plan was being finalised and would be forwarded to the district administration for an approval by Wednesday evening. The road leading to the west of the Gandhi Maidan, from Children’s Park and to Income Tax Roundabout will be closed from 7am, an officer in the traffic police said. All vehicles will be diverted from the Children’s Park to Gol Ghar. The stretch from New Dakbungalow Road up to Swami Nandan T-junction will remain out of bounds.
Roads moving toward east — between Kotwali T-junction and Buddha Marg — will remain closed. The road from Dakbungalow roundabout to JP roundabout (near hotel Maurya) and Frazer Road will also be closed till the ceremony at the Gandhi Maidan ends.
Vehicles bound for the Gandhi Maidan from the Bailey Road will have to divert towards Voltas Roundabout and reach the Gol Ghar. The road from the railway junction, moving towards the Dakbungalow Roundabout and further moving east towards the Exhibition Road crossing the Bhattacharya roundabout, will remain open.