Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on Independence Day. He will address the nation from the historic Red Fort in Delhi.
The Mughal-era fort has a multi-layered security cover with more than 10,000 security personnel deployed at the venue. Around 7,000 invitees will arrive at the Red Fort and a five-kilometre area around the Red Fort.
The area has been marked as a ‘no kite flying zone” till the Tricolour is hoisted. During the prime minister’s Independence Day address in 2017, a kite had landed just below the podium. The prime minister had, however, continued with his address.
Security cover has been beefed up across the national capital and forces are on high alert to thwart any untoward incident as police have intensified patrolling and deployed extra pickets at vital installations based on intelligence inputs received via central agencies.