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- DD Bihar to beam event live, cops chart traffic diversions

The district administration has made adequate security arrangements to ensure a hassle-free Independence Day celebration at Gandhi Maidan.

For the first time, a live telecast of the proceedings, including the chief minister’s speech, would be beamed on DD Bihar. Chief minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to hoist the Tricolour at 9am.

District magistrate N. Saravana Kumar, senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj and Patna city superintendent of police Jayant Kant visited the Maidan on Wednesday to inspect the ongoing work.

On the security steps, Saravana said: “Closed-circuit television cameras have been installed across the Maidan and door-frame metal detectors will be placed at all entrance points. Visitors have been asked to carry their identity cards as well.”

He added: “Passes have been distributed to the VIPs. For their convenience, a special sticker has also been provided for their vehicles. However, everyone would be frisked.”

The district administration has also set up a control cell at the ground to prevent any untoward incident. Ambulances and doctors would be present. People have been asked not to bring bags and helmets. Visitors can call the police control room numbers — 2215286, 215516, 2215058 or 2215822 in cases of emergencies.

Jayant Kant said: “Adequate force will be deployed at all important places and police personnel in civil attire would keep tabs on mischief-makers inside the Maidan.”

Adequate seating arrangements have also been made to accommodate around 2,000 people in the Maidan. The guests and visitors would have to occupy their seats by 8.30am.

On the entrances to the function, Jayant Kant said: “There are four entrances to the ground. Students can use the gate behind the newly built Gandhi statue. Women and VIPs will enter the maidan through the gate in front of Biscomaun Towers. Others would have to enter the park through the gate in front of Udyog Bhavan and the one in front of the Reserve Bank of India building.”

He said: “Apart from the security beef-up, we will divert the traffic along several routes until the celebration gets over. The diversions will be implemented from 7.30am.”

He also requested people to avoid Frazer Road, Exhibition Road, Ashok Rajpath and Income Tax roundabout in the morning.


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