The year has been so bizarre, that we hardly realized that half the year has passed, and we are already on the 15th of August. A day which has always been celebrated with great zeal, the celebrations might not be as bright as usual this year. But, the show must go on, and the Independence day dress rehearsal at Red Fort did take place last Saturday. But the scenes were very different than what we are used to. Read on to know how Independence Day celebration at Red Fort will be executed this year.

At the Independence Day dress rehearsal at Red Fort, participants were seen dressed in raincoats. They also followed COVID restrictions including social distancing and wearing masks.

The Independence Day celebration at Red Fort will only include soldiers and officers who have either recovered from or have tested negative for Covid-19. Unlike earlier events, school children won’t be a part of this event.

As per the tentative schedule from sources, the Independence Day celebration at Red Fort will have Narendra Modi arrive at the venue at 7.21 am. This will be followed by flag hosting at 7.30 am and followed by the PM address to the nation.

Next, we are expecting to see a guard of honour by the Army, Air Force, and Navy. As per the sources, 22 soldiers and officers will take part in the guard of honour and 32 soldiers and officers will take part in the national salute. About 350 Delhi Police personnel will also be part of the event.

Traffic restriction for Independence Day celebration at Red Fort

Given the COVID situation, it is advised for people to stay indoors, and hence less traffic is expected. Delhi Police has still issued an advisory to make sure there are no traffic issues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from Red Fort. And hence the traffic around the area will remain closed from 4 am to 10 am.

If you have plans to go out, it’s better to avoid the following roads, especially during the celebration.

  • Netaji Subhash Marg 
  • Lothian Road 
  • SP Mukherjee Marg 
  • Chandni Chowk Road 
  • Nishad Raj Marg 
  • Esplanade Road and it’s Link Road to Netaji Subhash Marg 
  • Ring Road from Rajghat to ISBT  
  • Outer Ring Road from ISBT to IP flyover

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