Choppers to shower flowers, maintain surveillance.
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed the armed forces and agencies to ensure fool proof security for the Republic day ceremony on January 26.
The government’s home department in its communication has stressed for maintaining ‘alertness in sensitive areas’.
“Keeping in view the present security scenario in the state and continues threats from militants, tight security arrangements should be made across the state for the Republic day celebrations,” the communication read.
One of the top police officials said that security has already been stepped up across the state and checkpoints set up at various localities to keep a tab on any activity.
“A comprehensive security grid and deployment mechanism for conduct of celebrations would be formulated in the coming days,” the officer said wishing not to be named.
Meanwhile sources said that agencies are strengthening tightening the noose in Srinagar city in view of change in venue from Bakshi Stadium to SK Cricket Stadium Sonawar.
The official said that road from Radio Kashmir to Sonawar road may remain closed for a few days before January 26. “This will be a challenging job for the security agencies as the venue falls near the business hub Lal Chowk. The police department has been directed to make a comprehensive plan,” the official said.
The DIG Armed has been directed to coordinate the preparation and supervise of the parade. While the SSP Security has been directed to ensure ‘adequate security’ on all fronts. Authorities have also ordered barring the entry to ground B after January 15.
The Director School Education Kashmir has been directed to ensure participation of contingents of educational institutions including private schools in the main function.
Sources said that it has been decided to utilize three Pawan Hans helicopters for flower showering and to keep surveillance on the venue.
“Government has also directed for supply of water, power, Medicare, parking, transportation, sanitation, seating, and public address system, and fire fighting measures,” sources maintained.
(With inputs from KNS)