Children fly Tricolour kites in Lucknow ahead of the 75th Independence Day. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastava)
Independence Day Live Updates, August 14: The country is gearing up to celebrate 75 years of Independence, with over 20 crore flags expected to be atop houses across India. As part of the celebrations, monuments and significant places across states were lit up in the Tricolour, while entry to sites protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was made free from August 5 to August 15.
At the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Independence Day, a multi-layered security cover along with Facial Recognition System cameras have been installed at each entry/exit point. Security personnel also deployed trained catchers to ensure that the premises remain monkey-free during the day. As many as 231 regular kite-flyers from the walled city area were roped in by the police to ensure a clear sky for about three hours on the morning of August 15.
This year, the BJP government launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign as part of its ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The party-led governments in several states have been distributing flags and setting targets to manufacture the Tricolour.