New Delhi, January 18, 2024
In the anticipation of Republic Day celebrations, the national capital, New Delhi, will witness airspace restrictions for eleven consecutive days, starting from January 19, as announced by Airport Authority of India. The measures, set to continue till January 29, are part of the security protocols for the 75th Republic Day festivities.
From January 19 to 25, and on January 26 and January 29, restrictions will be in place for take-off or landing of non-scheduled and chartered flights between 10 am and 1:15 pm. During January 26 to 29, the restrictions extend are from 6 am to 9 pm, according to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Notably, the limitations will not affect the scheduled flights, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of regular air traffic. Furthermore, operations of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Border Security Force (BSF), Army aviation helicopters, and state-owned aircraft/helicopters accompanying the Governor or Chief Minister of a state, remains unaffected.
This Republic Day holds utmost importance as French President Emmanuel Macron graces the event—marking the sixth visit a French leader has done so. This, highlights the enduring diplomatic rapport between India and France and adds an international flair to India's 75th Republic Day celebration.
Breaking traditions, the Republic Day parade will feature the Border Security Force's (BSF) all-women marching and brass band contingents, showcasing gender inclusivity. Giving center stage to women in the Republic Day parade underlines India's commitment to diversity, emphasizing the pivotal role of women played in the armed forces and emphasizing progress and gender equality .
In preparation for the grand event, Delhi police have heightened vigilance across the chosen area. Mock drills at Akshardham Temple, simulating a terrorist attack scenario, was conducted by the Delhi East District Police. The operation based practice run aimed to evaluate the force's readiness to respond to critical situations, contributing to overall security preparedness.
Adding up to the patriotic fervor, a total of 2,274 cadets, including 907 girls, from all 28 states and eight Union Territories will participate in the month-long National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp 2024, underscoring the commitment to national service and unity.
As the country gears up to commemorate its 75th Republic Day, these courses of actions are crucial in ensuring the safety and smooth conduct of the celebratory events in the heart of the India’capital ,New Delhi.
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