In 2022, India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day on January 26. On January 26, 1950, the Preamble to the Constitution of India, a statement presenting the key principles of the Constitution came into effect. 

The main Republic Day celebration is held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. On this day, ceremonious parades take place at the Rajpath, which are performed as a tribute to India; its unity in diversity and rich cultural heritage.

This year’s Republic Day Parade will witness certain changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The biggest change made in the parade is it will start at 10:30 am instead of 10 am due to foggy weather. 

Here are the Key features of Republic Day Parade 2022:

1. New footpaths on the Rajpath have replaced the red sand path following which 94,600 meters of walkable roads have been created.

2. 422 new stone benches have been installed, and 16 bridges would be built on the canals. Currently, some temporary bridges have been installed, ahead of Republic Day.

3. People coming to watch the Republic Day parade would also see new signboards. A total of 114 modern signboards have been installed on the Rajpath.

4. At the same time, 133 new light pillars will also be seen, due to which Rajpath is set to look more beautiful than before.

5. Over 900 lamp posts have been erected along the Rajpath between Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate.

6. On the occasion of Republic Day, the visitors would also see photographs of some of the lesser-known freedom fighters along the Rajpath, which have been prepared by over 500 artists. These pictures have been prepared in 10 scrolls of 75 meters.

7. There will also be a terraced garden for the tourists where people can come and sit.

8. The parking facility has been increased. Now, 50 buses and 1,000 vehicles can be accommodated at the same time.

9. The avenue will now also have four under-passes. At the same time, a total of 162 dustbins will also be installed.

10. No foreign dignitaries will be invited as chief guests due to the coronavirus outbreak. The defence ministry said that Covid 19 guidelines will be followed during the Republic Day Parade. Seats for guests will be arranged according to social distancing norms. Wearing a mask would be compulsory for all.

11. Short films on the Armed Forces will be screened before the parade begins. Later, the live parade will be telecasted on the screens.

12. Apart from this, a total of 17 Jaguars will roar above the Rajpath in the national capital this Republic Day in the grandest flypast comprising 75 aircraft from Air Force, Army and Navy. This year MiG 29K and P 8i will make an entry while Tejas will be missed.

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