The biggest celebration of International Yoga Day as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotava will be held on June 21 at Kasturchand Park here at 5.30 am.
The Central Government is all set to celebrate the Day at 75 iconic sites across the country, besides 75 locations across the world. The theme of the Day this year is â€˜Yoga For Humanityâ€™ with focus on â€˜Brand India At Global Stageâ€™ while showcasing its iconic places. Nagpur â€“ Zero Mile is among these 75 sites.
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is organising the programme in cooperation with Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal and extending logistic support.
This was stated by Rambhau Khandwe, President of the mandal, while addressing a press conference held in the meeting hall of NHAI here on Saturday. He said that the programme would begin at 5.30 am on June 21 with address by him, followed by inaugural speech by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a national address virtually from 6.40 am to 7 am. After that, yoga demonstration and mass performance by the participants will be held from 7 am to 7.40 am, he added.
Rajeev Agrawal, Chief General Manager & Regional Officer, NHAI, Nagpur, said that looking at the possibility of the rains, NHAI has erected massive pandal and made other necessary arrangements in order to protect the participants from rains, who will be performing on the plinth. It will be massive show, he added.
Khandwe informed that the mandal will take out a rally from Ramnagar on Sunday at 4 pm especially to create awareness among the citizens about importance of yoga.
The participating organisations for the programme include, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Collectorate, SCZCC, NCC, NSS, schools, colleges, government and semi-government organisations.
The programme is free for participants while NHAI will distribute free T-shirts to them at the venue. The organisers have appealed to citizens to take part in the event in large numbers.