Published On : Tue, Sep 19th, 2017

City sprucing up for President’s maiden visit on Sept 22

Ram Nath Kovind
Nagpur:
Come September 22, the Orange City would wear a new look. The city is sprucing up for VVIP visit. Streets are being shined. Security blanket is in place.

President of India Ramnath Kovind will pay his maiden visit to Nagpur on Friday, September 22. The President will inaugurate the newly constructed Suresh Bhat Auditorium near Reshimbagh Ground. Kovind will also inaugurate the Vipassana Meditation Centre at Dragon Palace, Kamptee. The President Ramnath Kovind is also scheduled to visit the historic Deekshabhoomi. A visit to Ramtek is on the cards as well.

The district administration has put itself in top gear to make the VVIP visit hassle free. The routes the President will take after his arrival at Nagpur Airport are being given a facelift. Tarring, painting, repairing and other works are going on in full swing.

However, there is a distinct possibility that the President could reach the programme sites by a helicopter considering the ongoing construction of metro rail, cement roads, flyovers etc. Even otherwise the city witnesses traffic chaos due to the construction activities. A Presidential visit could put the system in tremendous pressure. The President is likely to hop from Airport to Rajbhavan, Rajbhavan to Reshimbagh, Dragon Palace and further Ramtek by a helicopter to avoid traffic chaos. Security could also be a factor for use of the helicopter.

Heavy deployment of security forces will be made at the programme places. Top police officials are reviewing the security aspects on daily basis. There will be traffic diversions. All those areas where the President will go will be condoned off. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation is also leaving no stone unturned to make the maiden visit of President Ramnath Kovind a successful and fruitful one.

According to unconfirmed sources, the President will land at Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagpur International Airport around 4 pm on September 22 and and directly head for Deekshabhoomi. From there, he will proceed to Dragon Palace in Kamptee for inauguration of meditation centre. The President will then go to Rajbhavan and after some rest will proceed for Reshimbagh Ground where he will dedicate Suresh Bhat Auditorium. From there the President will proceed to airport and leave for Delhi.