64 troupes to participate in state level I-Day parade

Bhubaneswar: A total of 64 troupes will participate in the state level parade to mark the 70th Independence Day in the capital city on Monday.

However, no civilian group will participate in the state level I-Day celebrations parade where Chief minister Naveen Patnaik will unfurl the tricolour.

The main attraction of the celebration would be the daredevil show, skating and horse riding.

Another feature of this year’s state level I-Day celebration would be the participation of the two platoons of Andhra Pradesh Police. Besides, two platoons of the Odisha Police would also participate in the state level I-Day celebration in Andhra Pradesh.

“I have come here to participate along with my team in the state level I-Day parade. As part of the improvement in the inter-state relationship, we have come to participate in the state level I-Day parade in Bhubaneswar. An Odisha Police team has also gone to Andhra Pradesh to participate in the state level I-Day parade in Hyderabad,” Kararam Kumar, DSP, Andhra Pradesh, told media persons here today.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth conduct of the celebration.

Talking about the security arrangements, police commissioner YB Khurania said for the first time the entire area from Rabindra Mandap to Master Canteen would be under the CCTV coverage. “A total of 63 CCTV cameras would be installed at different locations in these areas. There will be three CCTV control rooms where the police would monitor the inputs. This apart, uniformed and plain-clothed policemen would be deployed at several places, while the quick action team (QAT) units would be deployed at sensitive locations to ward off any untoward incident,” he said.

“Today was the final rehearsal day. To ensure smooth conduct of the celebration, special arrangements have been made for crowd management, traffic management, parking of vehicles and VIP security. We have made specific security arrangements to counter any terrorist attack for which 35 platoons of Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) have been deployed. We have also deployed two units of quick action team (QAT) and a unit of Special Operation Group (SOG). To monitor the security arrangements, Bhubaneswar DCP, seven ACPs, 50 Inspectors and 150 Sub Inspectors have been engaged,” Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh told media persons here.