New Delhi: Preparations are in full swing across the country for the 72nd Republic Day amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This year's Republic Day is special in many ways. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year the challenge of organizing Republic Day celebrations safely in front of people as well as administration. Due to the coronavirus pandemic. this year people will see something different from earlier Republic Day celebrations.
No foreign chief guest after 55 years
No foreigner will attend this year's Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest. This will be the first time since 1966 when the head of another country will not be present as the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations of India.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was supposed to be the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations, but he canceled his tour of India due to the new type of Covid-19 virus discovered in Britain and the situation arising out of it.
There will be fewer guests and visitors for Republic Day celebrations
- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year Republic Day celebrations will see fewer guests and spectators. Every year about 1.25 lakh people are present to watch the Republic Day parade, but this year the number has been fixed at 25 thousand.
- Along with this, people will have to follow precautions like social distancing and wearing masks during the Republic Day celebrations.
- There will be no arrangement to stand and watch the Republic Day parade this time. As many seats as possible, more people will be allowed.
- Young children will not be allowed at this year's Republic Day parade. This year the Republic Day parade will not include a squad of young children. Only school children above 15 years of age will be allowed to join the parade squad. Also, this time the Republic Day parade will also not include children with disabilities.
- The route of the Republic Day Parade will also be shorter this year. The length of the Republic Day parade is 8.2 kilometers, running from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort. But this time the parade will go from Vijay Chowk to the National Stadium. This year's route will be about three and a half kilometers long.