Noida Celebrates Independence Day 2013 with Fervour – Noida Chairman Rama Raman along with Yamuna Expressway Authority CEO P C Gupta hoisted the National flag to mark the occasion of 67th Independence Day on 15th August, 2013. School children and District administration organized rallies across the city. The Vikas Rath rally organised by the district administration was taken through various villages.
|Flag Hoisting by Noida Authority Chairman Rama Raman. Photo: Newzstreet|
On the occasion of 67th Independence day the District Magistrate Kumar Ravikant Singh launched a tree plantation drive. Several saplings were planted by district officials, the school managements and the school kids.
|Dr Preetinder Singh (IPS), SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar taking a green initiative on 67th Independence Day, 2013.|
Heavy rains and high-speed winds lashed Noida on the morning of Independence Day hit power supply and disrupted normal lives in the morning hours. Many could not watch the national flag hoisting ceremony on television due to this. And they definitely missed the first Independence Day speech by the Chief Minister of UP Mr Akhileh Kumar Yadav and gave a skip to the slip of his tongue when he referred Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi as the ‘President Mahatma Gandhi’. However Noida residents celebrated 67th Independence Day with great fervor at the RWA grounds, office premises, schools and other educational institutes. Flag hoisting, prize distribution ceremony, cultural programs and kite-flying were the common features of all the ceremonial programs across the city.
|School Children Performing During an Independence Day Ceremony. Photo: Pragyan School|
The kites in the sky outnumbered the birds keeping the tradition of flying kites on Independence Day. Children and elders alike were seen from early afternoon till sunset on the rooftops enjoying kite-fights.
|Kite-flying is an Independence Day tradition. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images|
Independence day celebrations caught on with restaurants and other retailers in a big way. Special offers and ‘Tiranga’ (tri-color) themes were on display in true spirit of celebrations of this national festival. Vaango, India’s first South Indian Quick Service Restaurant, in Noida celebrated with tri-color utthapams and idlis at Rs 99 a-plate.
|Independence Day Celebrations with Tri-color Idlis at Vaango|
Jaypee Infratech, the developers of 165-Km long Yamuna Expressway, decided to give motorists a six day free-ride till Independence Day (August 15, 2013) according to IANS report. The Expressway reduces the travel time between Noida and Agra, the home to Taj mahal, by almost half at two hours.
|Yamuna Expressway went toll-free on the occasion of 67th Independence Day|
75 Harley Davidson riders rode on Independence Day on Noida roads to support Uttarakhand victims. The event was also graced by the cricket star Kapil Dev, himself a Harley owner. The riders pledged Rs 25 per Km of ride collected 3.5 Lakhs braving the windy weather and rain interruptions.
|75 Harley Davidson bikers rode on the roads of Noida on the morning of Independence Day. Photo: gowheels|
The 600 m-long, six-lane Rajnigandha underpass was opened to the public on Independence Day in 2011 after missing several deadlines. It has eased traffic flow between sector 15, 16, Film city and Atta Chowk. Wonderful gift from city administration to the commuters!
|Rajnigandha Underpass opened to Public on Independence Day 2011|