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Security Measures and Drone Ban: Srinagar Prepares for PM Modi’s Yoga Day Celebration by Dal Lake

by Daisy

In preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to celebrate International Day of Yoga on the scenic banks of Dal Lake, Srinagar has ramped up security and imposed stringent drone regulations.

Security Preparations and Restrictions

To ensure the safety of the Prime Minister and participants, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have declared Srinagar a ‘temporary red zone.’ This declaration, effective from Tuesday, includes a ban on the operation of drones and quadcopters within the city limits. The move aims to prevent any aerial threats during the high-profile event.

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“Effective immediately, Srinagar city has been designated as a ‘Temporary Red Zone’ for drone and quadcopter operations under rule 24(2) of Drone Rules, 2021,” the J&K Police stated in a post on X. “Unauthorized drone activities within this zone will face penalties as per the relevant provisions of Drone Rules 2021. We seek the cooperation of responsible citizens in this matter.”

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Venue and Attendees

The main event will take place at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on Friday morning, June 21, 2024. According to sources, the Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive in Srinagar on Thursday evening.

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Union Ayush Minister Prataprao Jadhav confirmed the details during a press conference, announcing that this year’s International Day of Yoga will be held in Srinagar with Prime Minister Modi participating. This marks the 10th celebration of the International Day of Yoga.

Background Checks and Sanitization

Security measures include extensive background checks of all officials and sportspersons attending the event. The Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has already completed these checks. Additionally, sanitization operations at the SKICC began over a week ago to ensure the venue is secure.

Expected Participation

Officials anticipate a large turnout of yoga enthusiasts and sportspersons at the event, highlighting the broad appeal and significance of the International Day of Yoga.

Previous Celebrations

Last year, Prime Minister Modi celebrated International Day of Yoga at the United Nations headquarters in New York, showcasing India’s cultural heritage on a global stage.

Recent Visits

This visit to Srinagar will be Prime Minister Modi’s second to the region this year. In February, he visited and addressed a rally, underscoring his administration’s focus on the area.

Conclusion

Srinagar is gearing up for a significant event that combines cultural celebration with high-level security preparations. The community’s cooperation and the extensive measures being implemented reflect the importance of ensuring a safe and successful International Day of Yoga celebration.

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