A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dehradun for International Yoga Day, officials were rushing pillar to post to give final touch to the elaborate arrangements required for the day on Wednesday.
Be it security, healthcare or sanitation all these were being given a final touch to make the event successful at the Forest Research Institute.
The UN declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2014 after Modi called for the day to be adopted as a global celebration of yoga, an ancient practice that began in India more than 5,000 years ago. Last year, Prime Minister had participated in Lucknow to mark the International Yoga Day.
On Thursday, Modi is scheduled to lead at least 50,000 enthusiasts to mark the fourth edition of the International Yoga Day in the sprawling campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) Uttarakhand capital Dehradun.
The forest department also launched an intensive drive to look for snakes and monkeys in the institute’s campus ahead of Modi’s visit.
The department’s staff was scanning the area for the wild animals, said Dehradun’s divisional forest officer (DFO) Rajeev Dhiman.
The premier institute has a dense forest cover and its campus spread across nearly 450 hectare with a plinth area of 2.5 hectare.
The institute is connected with that of the Mussoorie forest division and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Tons River form its boundary. It comes under the Dehradun forest division.
Yoga asanas approved under the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) will be practised at the venue on International Yoga Day.