14/08/2015 5:02 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: How The Country Is Gearing Up For Independence Day


A wave of excitement is sweeping the country, even as the stage is being set for the 69th Independence Day celebrations.

As the country readies itself for tomorrow, different cities are witnessing a flurry of activities, the most colourful being the final dress rehearsals before the big event.

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This year, a bullet-proof enclosure has been specially constructed in Delhi's Red Fort for Prime Minister Narendra Modi from where he will deliver his speech. A five-tier security cordon has also been put in place around the monument for the official unfurling of the Tricolour by the Prime Minister and his address to the nation.

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As many as 200 specially trained NSG, SWAT and BSF commandos will be in position in a 500-metre radius from the ramparts of the fort. The commandos will be equipped with fully automatic Beretta assault rifles, high-tech communication gadgets, body armour, protective helmets, knee pads and gloves.

Take a look at the preparations in various cities a day ahead of the Independence Day:

  • The tricolour wavering during the rehearsal of 69th Independence Day celebration at the historic Red Fort in Delhi. PTI
  • Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi inspect the arrangement a day before the country celebrates independence. PTI
  • Artists perform in Kolkata during the preparations for Independence Day tomorrow. PTI
  • A security person stands guard during the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebration in Srinagar. PTI
  • Artists perform the tribal dance of Darjeeling--Lepcha-- a day ahead of the Independence Day celebration. PTI
  • In Amritsar, school children prepare for the Independence Day celebration at the Guru Nanak stadium. PTI
  • A performer from Srinagar prepares for the Independence Day celebration tomorrow. PTI
  • Daredevils of Jammu and Kashmir police perform stunts during the dress rehearsal. PTI
  • The women police force of Jammu and Kashmir perform during the full dress rehearsal. PTI
  • In Jammu, the Army band march during the rehearsal at the Parade Ground. PTI
  • College students in Coimbatore form a human chain in the shape of the Indian map a day before the 69th Independence Day. PTI

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