Rehearsals for the Republic Day Parade in full swing at Shivaji Park, Mumbai
In 2014, R-Day parade in Mumbai had been shifted to Marine Drive and was a grand celebration like Delhi’s Rajpath as more than four lakh citizens participated. In the following 2 years, BMC denied permission to hold parade as the arterial road was under renovation.
“The police said it was difficult to maintain law and order during the celebration at Marine Drive. Secondly, the stretch is open from one side and has residential buildings on the other. There has always been the risk of a sea-bound terror attack and hence the police opposed the event. The police also stated difficulties controlling traffic during the event and rehearsals,” said an official.
When the department asked cabinet to fix a venue following the police report, it decided to go back to the traditional venue of Shivaji Park.
The Maharashtra state cabinet had on January 3 decided to move the city’s Republic Day parade back from Marine Drive to its traditional venue of Shivaji Park.