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Delhi gears up to celebrate Independence Day with multi-Layer security

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New Delhi, Over 6,000 gun-toting security personnel, including Delhi police sleuths and paramilitary forces, are ready to keep a hawk-eye vigil in Delhi to pre-empt any possible terrorist strike during the Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.
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An impregnable ground-to-air security apparatus has been put in place in the capital, especially around the 17th century Mughal monument Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the tricolor and address the nation for the second time.
Amid intelligence warnings, the border areas of the city have been sealed. All the police personnel of the 180 police stations in the national capital have been deputed at every suspected crossing and intersections to keep proper watch on every moving vehicle and the activities of suspected people.
“Elaborate security arrangements have been made. Personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary have been deployed for security. We are fully prepared to handle any unprecedented situation during the Independence Day celebration,” a senior police officer said.
The officer said localities around the Red Fort have been sanitized and informers deployed to keep a check on movement of suspicious people.
The Red Fort and areas within its five-kilometer radius has been covered by over 6,000 armed security personnel from Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and National Security Guard (NSG).
The officer said they have arranged special security for the prime minister as he is at the highest risk of a terror strike as compared to other VVIPs.
“A designated team of over 150 NSG commandos along with SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) unit and paramilitary forces will be positioned in the radius of 200-metre from the ramparts of the fort to guard the prime minister,” the officer told on the condition of anonymity.
“The commandos will be equipped with fully automatic weapons, high-tech communication gadgets, body armour, protective helmets and other security measures. They are experts in handling multiple attacks at the same time.”
Besides sky patrols by helicopters, an air defence mechanism will also be put in place around the venue during the 69th I-Day celebrations.
Security personnel along with sharpshooters of the NSG have been placed on all high rise buildings around the Red Fort.
“Over 500 CCTV s have been installed in and around the Red Fort to keep a close watch on the area. A central control room has also been set up at Red Fort to constantly monitor the situation,” the official said.
Some ultra high-resolution cameras have been mounted on the towers of the fort to keep tabs on any suspicious activity within a 5-km radius of the historic monument.
The markets or places of strategic importance are being monitored by thousands of Delhi Police personnel and paramilitary forces. Several separate teams of security officials have already been deployed at market places, airport, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals, metro stations and places of strategic importance.
Netaji Subhash Marg, S.P. Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road (from Fountain Chowk to Red Fort), Nisad Raj Marg and Link Road will be closed for general traffic from 5-9 a.m. on Saturday.
“There is a multi layer security arrangement in the capital on the Independence occasion. Outer security will be handled by Delhi Police while other tiers of security will be monitored by NSG and paramilitary forces,” the officer said.

(IANS)

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Delhi Government Gives Nod To a Project to Create Reservoirs in Yamuna Flood Plain

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report

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The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi's water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month's time. Pixabay

To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river during the monsoon season, an official statement said.

The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi’s water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month’s time, the statement said.

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report on the project.

The report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.

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To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river. Pixabay

“The farmers will get the sum according to the number of acres of land they give the government on lease for the pilot project,” the government said.

The government claims that the pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi, but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts.

It also said the project is first of its kind in the country.

“The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during summer months,” the government said.

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The project envisages creation of small ponds in the floodplains which will catch overflows from the Yamuna during the monsoon.

“Most of the approvals have been received for the pilot project, barring two from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) committees, which are expected very soon,” it said.

Kejriwal also thanked Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the quick approvals by the Centre for the project and cooperation Delhi received from Centre for the pilot project. (IANS)