Independence Day 2020: Full dress rehearsal across J&K

With preparations for the 74th Independence Day in full swing, a complete dress rehearsal was observed in Jammu and Kashmir here today.

This year the Independence Day event will be celebrated differently owing to the corona virus pandemic. The Ministry of Health Affairs (MHA) has also released the guidelines that to be followed during the occasion.

In its advisory, the MHA has said that this year’s programmes should be organized in a way that large congregation of people is avoided and technology is used in the best possible manner for celebrating the occasion.

Although Covid-19 has been a dampener for most events and occasions this year, the spirits of the participating personnel in the full dress rehearsal events across the Jammu and Kashmir soared high and in full enthusiasm for the event that is to take place on August 15.

Similarly, a full day rehearsal performed in District Kathua in which ADC Atul Gupta took salute of the March Past consist of contingents of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Ahead of the Independence Day on Thursday, a full dress rehearsal was held at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar today morning. Notably, a full dress rehearsal is also being held at the historic Red Fort in Delhi in the morning. The Independence Day Ceremony will be celebrated on August 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the Tricolour and address the nation from the rampart of Red Fort.

Security has been intensified across the Jammu region with increased checking and patrolling ahead of Independence Day celebrations, a police official said on Wednesday. As a measure of multi-tier security, police have deployed additional Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in Jammu city to deal with any situation, he said. The main function in Jammu will be held at Mini Stadium Parade, which was sealed as part of security arrangements even as the Union Territory administration has decided to allow only a few hundred people to attend the celebration due to a spike in coronavirus cases, the official said.

He said special arrangements have been put in place around the venue of the main function and sought the cooperation of the people in maintaining peace. “The people are appealed to inform police if they find anything suspicious so that timely action is taken,” the officer said and asked them to celebrate Independence day at their homes due to COVID-19 pandemic and follow the social distancing norms.