26th January Metro Services DisruptionBy Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Monday, January 24, 2011
DELHI, INDIA (GaeaTimes.com)- Owing to the Republic day dress rehearsals that took place on January 23rd 2011, the residents of Delhi had to put up with some disruptions in commuting. The two stations Udyog Bhawan and Central Secretariat were made unavailable for commute for the residents till 12.30 pm. These two metro stations are adjacent to Rajpath and that is why this decision was taken. A DMRC official said on the metro route disruption earlier “Normal Metro train operations will resume after 12.30 pm. The changes have been made as per advice from the Delhi Police”. However, the metro services in the other routes ran unaffected. India celebrates its Republic Day each year on January 26th and elaborate rehearsals are arranged before the day.
Apart from Delhi Metro the airspace over the Indian Capital will be closed on January 24th and 26th 2011 for an hour as it has been reported. This will be required for the IAF aircraft fly past over the airspace. Even on January 23rd Full dress rehearsal for celebrating Republic day was held and same airspace restrictions were in place. It has been reported that the President of India, Pratibha Patil will unfold the national flag on January 26th and thereafter she will receive the salute of the army contingents. A number of politicians will also be there.
Security will be high in everywhere in the national capital on January 26th. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono the president of Indonesia will attend the ceremony and giving him company will be Indian PM Manmohan Singh. The Republic Day Parade will also be broadcast on national TV networks as usual.