Delhi’s Republic Day tableau – showcasing the Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Project – has been accorded approval by the Ministry of Defence, according to Delhi government sources.
Not only will it be the only other “live” tableau apart from the Ram Temple-themed Uttar Pradesh float, Delhi’s tableau, featuring mini contingents of four cyclists each riding along on either side of it in a symbolic bid to promote it as a means of commuting in a megacity, according to government sources, will possibly be the first time bicycles will run on Rajpath as part of a State float.
The tableau itself will seek to send a message of religious and cultural harmony – portraying the pedestrianized route along with two temples, a gurdwara, a church, and a mosque located along the 1.3 km to 1.5 km-long-route being redeveloped in Chandni Chowk – but there is another message, said a government official.
The cyclists riding along will symbolize a sustainable future for megacities where cycling and walking on safe streets are significant means of commuting,” the official also said.
Though a Delhi tableau was also part of the celebrations last year – depicting Mahatma Gandhi’s 720-day stay in the city between 1915 and 1948 – it was part of a contingent of 22 others depicting different facets from the life of the Father of the Nation as per a ‘Gandhi connect’ theme to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary pre-decided by the Ministry of Defence.
In 2017, the Delhi tableau illustrated a ‘Model Government School’ referencing the State government’s initiatives in the education sector and the betterment of the conditions of schools administered by it.