City Correspondent GUWAHATI, Aug 13 - The three-day celebration of the 73rd Independence Day in Kamrup Metro district began today with a cleanliness drive in the city.
Students of Handique Girls’ College carrying out a cleanliness drive as part of the Independence Day celebrations, in Guwahati on Tuesday.
The cleanliness drive, held as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, started at 6 am where senior officials of the Kamrup Metro district administration including Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu took part.
The district administration also cleaned all statues of freedom fighters, martyrs and leading citizens located in various parts of Guwahati.
As part of the celebration, all the schools and colleges of the district organised essay and speech competitions among the students.
For both the competitions the topic for school students was ‘Role of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s Freedom movement and his Assam connection’ and ‘Role of Assam’s freedom fighters in India’s freedom struggle’ for college students.
In the evening, the district administration organised a cultural programme with patriotic song and drama competitions in the District Library auditorium.
Deputy Commissioner Pegu informed that the administration has made elaborate arrangement to celebrate Independence Day in a befitting manner.
“We are ready to celebrate the day. From the past few days rehearsals for parade and cultural events are going on. This time altogether 31 teams including students, police and armed forces will participate in the parade. Meanwhile, due to extreme weather conditions we have made the cultural programme short,” Pegu said.
On Wednesday morning the district administration will take out a ‘Run for Unity’ from Dighalipukhuri to Nehru Stadium at 6 am.
It may be recalled that following a recent meeting, the district administration had also directed all cinema hall owners of the city to run a free show for students from 12 noon on August 15. According to a statement, every cinema hall will screen the Bollywood film Mission Mangal.
Meanwhile, as part of the Independence Day celebration, the police administration has intensified security checks. Security personnel both in uniform and civil dress have been deployed in all important locations of the city.
The police have placed a three-tier security setup in the playground of the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara where the central function of the Independence Day celebration will be held. This evening personnel of every police station carried out a tactical march on the city roads ahead of the celebration.
In the last few days city police have also carried out search operations in the hilly and inter-state border areas of the district. “We are in contact with senior officials of Meghalaya Police to thwart any kind of security threat. Moreover, the whole city is under strict surveillance in both direct and indirect forms,” a senior police officer said.
On August 15, the traffic police of Guwahati will restrict entry of all heavy commercial goods carrying vehicles in the city through NH-31 and NH-37. During the celebration hour, parking of all kinds of vehicles will be restricted on the stretch of NH-37 from Koinadhara point to Khanapara rotary, from Koinadhara point to IG prison office point, from Assam Administrative Staff College gate to Research Gate point and on GS Road, B Barooah Road, GNB Road, KLB Road and MG Road.
Cleanliness drive: Meanwhile, Handique Girls’ College today celebrated Independence Day by carrying out a cleanliness drive. The students and teachers of the college cleaned up the classrooms and the campus. The NSS unit of the college also observed ‘Swachhta Pakhwara’ with volunteers, students and teachers taking part in a cleanliness drive in the college campus. They cleaned the busts of the founders of the college and the statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika in the Dighalipukhuri park. They also took part in a cleanliness drive organised by the district administration.