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Last rites of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take place at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, Delhi: 25 roads to be cordoned off
Posted on: 17-08-2018 , 07:53:AM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: The Hindu

August 17, 2018: The last rites of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday evening, will be conducted at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, on the banks of the Yamuna in east Delhi today. 


As per reports, his mortal remains, which is resting at his Krishna Menon Marg home, will be taken to the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg around 9 am.  The funeral procession of the iconic leader will begin from there at 1 pm.
The procession will pass through Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi Gate, Netaji Subhash Marg and Shanti Van to reach Rashtriya Smriti Samadhi area where the BJP leader will be cremated at 4 PM.
Reportedly, anticipating heavy footfall during Lt. Vajpayee’s final journey on Friday, central Delhi has been put under tight security. The traffic police have cordoned off 25 roads in the area for traffic movement from 8 a.m. onwards. Several important roads such as Krishna Menon Marg, Akbar Road, Janpath and India Gate C-Hexagon, among others, will be closed.
It may be stated that a seven-day state mourning has been observed throughout India from August 16 to 22. During this period the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where it is regularly flown. It has also been decided that the State funeral will be accorded to the leader.
Vajpayee (93) breathe his last in AIIMS hospital where he was on life support. He had been admitted in the hospital since June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
He had served as the Prime Minister of India between 1996 and 2004 in three non-consecutive terms.

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