Kartavya Path is likely to be closed to the public from January 15 as part of preparations for the Republic Day Parade, Delhi police said Thursday. It will be the first parade on the revamped streets.
“Previously, we discussed closing Kartavya Path on January 17th. But now, two days before that, we decided to close the section. Full-scale rehearsals will begin on January 17th.”
The section between Janpath and Man Singh Road is already closed as construction is ongoing on the salute for the parade. But people can visit India Gate until at least next week, and the two underpasses will be open to the public, a senior Central Public Works Department (CPWD) official said.
“The entire section is closed except for India Gate and two underground walkways. This will allow people to visit India Gate. We will take necessary steps to move pedestrians in the area,” the official said.
CPWD has begun preparations for the Republic Day Parade on December 15th. Cards have a grandstand with 60,000 seats installed on eight lawns along Kartavya Path with twice the seating area than last year.
“On the lawn across the waterway, camp offices for departments and ministries related to the parade will be built. Previously installed on the front lawn. We used containers to be deployed across the canal on both sides of the Kartavya Path,” said an official.
There are parking spaces for around 1,000 vehicles on both sides of Kartavya Path. Delhi Traffic Police have also confirmed two locations where park and ride facilities will be provided. One is near Palika Bazar and the other is near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. “People will be able to park their vehicles in two parking spaces and take a government-provided bus,” said a police official.