Delhi: Among all the systems that were integrated to make the R-day safe for those present in Delhi to view the celebrations, a specialized Wireless Integrated Public Address (WIPA) system that was set up at 31 crowded places and 13 metro stations, made headlines.
The 67th Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday saw several a changes including non-inclusion of paramilitary forces like ITBP, CISF and SSB. At the same time, some new features were added, that includes the dogs squad contingent of the army and a team of French soldiers.
Despite the attack on Pathankot air force base, the President of France Francois Hollande will be attending the event as a chief guest amidst unprecedented security. The ceremonial parade unlike every year will see the 35th infantry French regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade marching down in Rajpath. The French soldiers served in India from 1781-1784.
PM paid tribute to martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyothi. 21-gun-salute was shot when the flag was hoisted. Ashok Chakra was presented Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami. He died fighting terrorists at the Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir. India showcased the military might. Brahmos missile was showcased. This is one missile that can be launched from air, water and land. R-Day celebrations also saw a parade of 61 cavalry and 51 horsemen squad marching their way through the Rajpath.
Another attraction this year is the marching of Indian Army dogs at Rajpath after 26 long years. Reportedly, the Army has selected 36 dogs out of total 1,200 Labradors and German Shepherds for the event. These canines are trained in jobs like detection of explosives, guarding, assaulting, etc, and play a vital role in saving lives of the soldiers at various occasions.
This time, the army jawans performing stunts on bikes are a major attraction during the parade and this year for the first time, an all-women stunt contingent will also be performing during the event. Reportedly, the contingent named ‘Women Daredevils CRPF’ comprising of 120 soldiers will showcase their skill this year.
A specialized Wireless Integrated Public Address (WIPA) system has been set up at 31 crowded places and 13 metro stations. The police have kept a seven layer security around the ground.