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Bhubaneswar: There will be no march past during the State-level Independence Day this year, which will be celebrated at the Exhibition Ground instead of Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar.
Twin City Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty reiterated that only contingents of Territorial Army, Odisha Police, Telangana Police and Central Industrial Security Force will accord the National Salute during hoisting of the National Flag.
Mohanty informed that arrangements for seating of around 5000 people have been made in the Exhibition Ground. Besides, 10,000 people can stand and witness the celebrations.
An exhibition to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has also been organised in the Exhibition Ground, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the I-Day celebrations, informed the Commissioner.
In view of the present situation in Kashmir, around 20 platoon of police force will be deployed in Bhubaneswar. Private dwellings and business establishments near the Exhibition Ground will also be secured. Besides, arrangements have been done for crowd facilitation, control and engagement, said Mohanty.
While a police control room has been set-up in the area, anti-sabotage check is being conducted daily, which will continue till the Independence Day celebrations are over. Parking facilities for the invitees have been set up on either side of Madhusudan Marg. If there is need of more parking, arrangements will be done in Capital High School ground, he added.
Rehearsal for the celebrations will be done for nearly three days including the dress rehearsal at 9 AM on August 13, when the total force required and their placement will be finalised, said Mohanty.