The 68th Republic Day was observed in the city with great enthusiasm on Thursday.
A grand parade was held on Red Road. Governor KN Tripathi hoisted the National Flag. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Council of ministers and senior bureaucrats including the Chief Secretary Basudeb Bandopadhyay were present at the parade.
There was a cultural show organised by Midnapore Ramakrishna Mission. The contingents of Army, Navy, Air Force, Territorial Army, Kolkata Police took part in the parade. The motor cycle and Dog squads of city police were appreciated by the audience. Several schools in the city took part in the parade.
In the South-eastern, eastern and Metro Railway, the general managers hoisted the Tri colour. Several NGOs distributed sweets and fruits among the inmates of different state-run hospitals. In the districts the National flag was hoisted by the District Magistrates.
In New Town, senior officials of West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) including its chairman Debashis Sen bicycled on the stretch of the proposed graded path for cycles which is coming up in New Town. School children also took part in the rally which is the first of its kind since the inception of the township over a decade ago. HIDCO is creating awareness among people to use cycles which is both an eco-friendly as well as a healthy mode of transport.
In every ward of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) flags were hoisted and patriotic songs were played. More than 50,000 people visited the Eco Park. Long queues were seen in front of Alipore Zoo, Victoria Memorial Hall and Indian Museum. People visited nearby areas like Gadiara and Garchukuk in Howrah district to do picnic. In Mandarmani, Digha and Talsari, thousands of people have gone to enjoy holiday.