Development Commissioner, Simrandeep Singh today reviewed the arrangements for Independence Day celebrations here at a meeting of district officers.The meeting decided that the main function will be held at Sports stadium where the VIP shall unfurl the National Flag and take salute of the March Past contingents drawn from belt forces and school students.Various committees were constituted by the Deputy Commissioner for monitoring necessary arrangements for the celebrations. He exhorted upon the concerned agencies to ensure that the arrangements are put in place well in time for smooth conduct of the Day.As per the past practice, the Day will start with the playing of Shehnai Vadan by District Information Centre.After the flag hoisting and parade ceremony, cultural items on patriotic and national themes shall be presented by the students of the government and private schools. It was also decided that rehearsals would start at Sports stadium from Aug 7 onwards and conclude with the full-dress rehearsal on Aug 13, 2018.
Other arrangements pertaining to security, sanitation, sitting arrangements, power supply and traffic management were also reviewed in the meeting.The DDC directed PHE and PDD to ensure availability of drinking water and uninterrupted power supply on the National Day as well as on all the rehearsal days. The Health department was asked to make available sufficient number of doctors along with an ambulance and medicines at the venue.Directions were also passed on to Municipal committee to intensify the sanitation drive in the city and the main venue as well. The DC directed JKPCC to make the toilets fully functional at the Sports stadium.The Meeting was attended by ADDC Mohammad Hanief Malik, ADC Pawan Kumar Parihar, SSP Shabir Ahmed, ACR Tariq Hussain Naik, besides other district and sectoral officers.