PRAMESH S JAIN
Bengaluru City is gearing up for the 73rd Independence Day.The grand parade will be organised at Maneskshaw Parade Ground in the city.
On the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations,210th Lalbagh flower show was conducted in Bengaluru to pay a floral tribute to the Indian Armed Forces.
Chief Minister of karnataka BS Yediyurappa with other dignitaries will arrive just before 9 am and will then hoist the National Flag.
Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao and Deputy Commissioner,Srinivas with BBMP Commissioner,Manjunath Prasad held a joint press conference at Manekshaw parade ground and briefed the media persons about the preparations and security arrangements made for the August 15.
Bhaskar Rao addressing media said,Every year,we make elaborate security arrangements with tight police security is provided at vital places in the city to prevent untoward incidents.As many as 1,900 cops will be deployed in and around the grounds to oversee the security challenges, explained Bhaskar Rao.
Two Additional and Joint Commissioners,11 Deputy Commissioners of police, 23 Assistant Commissioners of Police,around 100 Police Inspectors of city,with PSIs,probationary PSIs,221 ASIs,1,108, constables and more than 100 men in plain clothes will be deployed for the event. For traffic management, 3 DCPs, 7 ACPs, 24 PIs, 38 PSIs, 61 ASIs, 263 HCPs, and 1,500 constables will be deployed on the day.Will make sure that independence Day will be held in all its grandeur at Manekshaw parade ground.Within the ground, 10 platoons of KSRP and 5 of CAR, 3 fire engines, 2 ambulances, 2 quick response teams,and a unit each of D-SWAT, RIV,RAF 1 platoon and Garuda Force will be deployed.Further, home guards, women cops,Mufti police,with quick response teams,Garuda, Rapid Action Force will also be utilised on the occasion.More than Fifty CCTV cameras, four luggage scanners, ambulances and fire tenders will also be present in the grounds.Some hospitals around the venue have been alerted to keep beds ready.The police have also made elaborate traffic arrangements to facilitate smooth traffic movement around the parade ground on August 15.Vehicle parking in and around Cubbon Road and M.G.Road is prohibited. Because of shortage of parking place, participants and invitees have been requested to use public transport he added.
BBMP Commissioner,Manjunath Prasad explained that Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa will reach the parade grounds and hoist the flag at 9 am.As soon as the flag is hoisted, the army personnel will rain flowers from the helicopter.As many as 1,250 children will participate in the cultural progra0mmes, he added. The total seating capacity is about 11,450 and 1,200 VVIP’s will take part in the event he added.
The 210th Flower Show in Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore, which began on August 9 has already begun pulling in the crowds, who have thronged the event in droves to witness the beautiful phenomenon. This year, the Independence Day Flower Show has been dedicated to former Mysuru ruler Jayacharamaja Wodeyar as part of his 100th birth anniversary celebrations.
In the Flower Show, which will go on till August 18, around 12.5 lakh flowers has been used to create a royal theme in the iconic Lalbagh glasshouse.
The replicas of Chamarajendra Wadiyar Circle in Mysuru, the Raja Durbar of the palace, and the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens are amongst the major attractions this year.
Replicas of musical instruments such as the veena, keyboard and other instruments are also on display in a bid to showcase the late Maharaja’s love for music.
According to the director of Horticulture department N Jagdish, 12.5 lakh flowers have been used for the 2019 Independence Day Flower Show in Lalbagh. While they include over 92 varieties of flowers, including roses, anthuriums, chrysanthemums, carnations, poinsettias, over 9.5 lakh potted plants and 6.7 lakh flowering plants are on display. The flowers have made their way to the garden from Thailand, northeast India, Ooty, Kemmangundi hill station, and Nandi Hills.
Metro cuts rates for return journey from Lalbagh:
Namma Metro officials have introduced a subsidised rate for return journey tickets from Lalbagh Metro Station in a bid to increase convenience for the visitors travelling from other parts of the city. The tickets, which will be issued between 10 am and 8 pm till August 18, will cost only Rs 30 to any other station from Lalbagh. However, BMRCL authorities clarified that the onward journey from any station to Lalbagh Metro station will be by means of tokens and smart cards at normal fares.
With Independence Day being just hours away, Bengaluru Traffic Chief Joint Commissioner of Traffic,Dr.BR Ravikante Gowda,said that provisions have been made for parking in and around the ground. Traffic will be diverted from BRV junction to Kamaraj Road junction on Cubbon Road from 8:30 am to 10:30am.some important diversion are here,
Vehicles coming from Infantry Road towards Manipal Centre will be diverted on Infantry Road- Safina Plaza- Main Guard cross road – Alice Circle – Dispensary road- Kamaraj Road and Dickenson Road junction – KR Road and Cubbon road junction to Manipal Centre junction.
Vehicles coming from Manipal junction towards BRV junction on Cubbon Road will take left turn at KR Road junction towards Cauvery junction – MG Road – Anil Kumble circle- BRV junction and proceed towards Central Street.
Vehicles from Anil Kumble Circle towards Cubbon Road will go straight on Central street junction – Infantry Road – Safina Plaza-Main Guard cross road – Alice Circle – Dispensary Road- Kamaraj Road and Dickenson Road junction – KR Road and Cubbon road junction to Manipal centre junction.
Vehicles coming from Cauvery circle on MG Road going towards Cubbon Road and KR Road junction shall go straight on MG Road towards Anil Kumble junction and turn right to BRV junction and move towards Central Street.
Parking for two-wheelers on Kamaraj Road, in front of Army Public School, Main Guard Cross Road, near Safina Plaza and entry must be through Gate 2 on foot. Those without car passes can park their vehicles at Shivajinagar bus depot. Parking can be done on Central Street, from Anil Kumble Circle to Shivajinagar bus stand, on Cubbon Road from CTO circle to KR Road and MG Road from Anil Kumble Circle to Queen’s Circle the relaese said