Fort Rouge under a hawk-eyed vigil.
The Mughal-era fort has tiered security coverage with over 10,000 security guards deployed to the site.
Around 7,000 guests will arrive at Fort Rouge and a five kilometer area around Fort Rouge has been marked as a “no kite zone” until the tricolor is hoisted.
Security coverage has been stepped up across the nation’s capital and forces are on high alert to thwart any untoward incidents as police have stepped up patrols and deployed additional pickets at vital facilities based on information received via central agencies.
From the Facial Recognition System (FRS) cameras installed at the Fort Rouge entry point to the multi-layered security blanket and deployment of more than 400 kite catchers and flyers on rooftops and other sensitive locations in the area of the strong to counter any threat from sub-conventional aerial platforms, the area has been fully secured, a senior police official said.
Borders have also been sealed to ensure no untoward incidents occur in the nation’s capital and strict measures will be taken against anyone who tries to disturb public order, the police chief said.
The multi-level security ring, comprising of NSG snipers, SWAT elite commandos, kite catchers, canine units and snipers on high-rise buildings, was placed around the Mughal-era fort, and adherence to social distancing norms will be a must as last year due to the Covid pandemic.
Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said the provisions of Section 144 had already been instituted in Delhi. Anyone seen flying kites, balloons or Chinese lanterns from August 13-15 until the end of the program at Red Fort will be punished.
Anti-drone systems from the Defense Research and Development Organization and other security agencies were also installed, police said.
“Kite catchers have been deployed with necessary equipment at strategic locations and they will prevent any kind of kites, balloons and Chinese lanterns from reaching the function area.
“Radars will be deployed at Fort Rouge to counter any threat from sub-conventional aerial platforms and manned or unmanned flying objects,” Pathak said.
During the Prime Minister’s speech on Independence Day in 2017, a kite landed just below the podium. The Prime Minister, however, continued his speech undeterred.
Police had issued an order on July 22 prohibiting the flight of aerial objects such as paragliders, hang gliders and hot air balloons, and this will remain in effect until August 16, they said.
About 1,000 high specification cameras have been installed in the units in the northern, central and New Delhi districts to contain the aerial objects. These cameras will also help monitor the VVIP route to the monument, police said.
Delhi police had recovered more than 2,200 live ammunition near the Anand Vihar interstate bus station on Friday and arrested six people in connection therewith.
The police are also carrying out massive checks for improvised explosive devices. Staff briefed on proper security, training and deployment as per plans.
According to the advisory, general public traffic around Fort Rouge will remain closed from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday.