BENGALURU: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw Parade Ground in the city will turn into a fortress on August 15 on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.
The preparations were briefed in a joint press conference addressed by the Deputy Commissioner Srinivas, BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad and the Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Tuesday.
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, 221 ASI’s and 1,108 constables will be deployed for the duty, he said.
Further, home guards, women cops, mufti police, 10 Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve Police forces will assist the cops, he noted.
Rao stated that, quick response teams, Garuda, Rapid Action Force will also be utilised on the occasion.
Fifty CCTV cameras, four luggage scanners, ambulances and fire tenders will also be present in the grounds.
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 11,450 and 1,200 VVIP’s will take part in the event....