The Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar seemed spattered with colours, as troops and deputations took to road as part of their full dress rehearsal, in foreground to the state level Independence Day celebrations today.
Nearly 44 troops engaged in the parade that lasted for around three hours. Reports stated that the 120 Battalion regiment headed the parade.
Odisha Police, Fire Services, NDRF, Red Cross, NCC, teams from Dare Devils and college and school students participated in the show.
Twin city police commissioner, Satyajit Mohanty and state police DGP, Rajendra Prasad Sharma also addressed the final rehearsal event.
On the other hand, elaborate security arrangements had been set up to keep a strict vigil in and around the parade area, ahead of the proud moment of the 72nd Independence Day.
30 platoons of police, including 150 senior police officers and the Odisha Swift Action Force were deployed on MG Marg today, in order to ensure safety and security of the audience, on this eventful occassion.
CCTV cameras had been installed at numerous cardinal locations, to keep an eye on the movement of common people, during the mega event.
State Police Commissionerate drafted a public notice regarding the vehicular movement along MG road and its periphery, due to which it was streamlined, keeping the parade in view.
According to notification, use of heavy vehicles to Master Canteen Square from Ram Mandir or Rajmahal remained suspended. But two wheelers and light motor vehicles were allowed from Rajmahal to Master Canteen.
No vehicles were permitted to travel to PMG Square, till the parade got over. Vehicles were even not allowed to ply towards Rabindra Mandap were diverted to Keshari Talkies.
Motion of vehicles towards PMG Square from AG Square shall be deflected near Jaydev Bhawan, to IDCOL Auditorium. All sorts of vehicles arriving from 120 Battalion Square were turned towards Unit-4 at MLA colony crossing.
All lanes leading to MG Marg were sealed for stoppage of vehicles and only pedestrians were allowed.
The fervour of Independence Day celebration gripped the nation today. The State Government was busy making the event a grand one.
A schedule had been designed about the Independence Day celebration by the ministers and bureaucrats across the state. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unravelled the tricolour and received salutes during the parade, at the state level occassion of Independence Day in Bhubaneswar.
Moreover, 18 ministers attended the flag hoisting ceremony in 18 district headquarters. Board of Revenue member, south division RDC and north division RDC hoisted the flag in Dhenkanal, Berhampur and Rourkela respectively.