Published On : Fri, Apr 14th, 2017

PM Modi to visit Nagpur today amid tight security; get set to take alternate traffic routes

Nagpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving here on Friday morning to attend a slew of programmes. As many as 500 jawans from SRPF, QRT, Bomb Squad and Anti Riots Squad will be accompanying Modi in his convoy. The latest reports informed that Modi’s arrival and departure has been re-scheduled. The arrival has been advanced by 45 minutes now. Earlier scheduled to reach at 11.25 am, the PM is set to arrive by 10.40 am at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. As per the new schedule, the PM will reach Deekshabhoomi at 11am, Koradi thermal power station at 11.45pm and Digidhan melawa at 12.25pm.

After attending the programmes, his flight is set to take off at 2.10pm, an advancement by 40 minutes.

CP reviews security

Meanwhile the City police commissioner K Venkatesh on Thursday advised citizens to opt for alternate routes rather depending on main avenues to curtail waiting time at junctions, which would be wrapped with bandobast.

On Thursday, the city police performed rehearsals of the movement of PM’s cavalcade under the supervision of Special Protection Group (SPG) and other central agencies.

Venkatesh, who addressed the media on security arrangements, said more than 2,200 personnel and officers have been deployed for PM’s visit, along with the manpower from other units and agencies as reinforcement. “More than a dozen anti-sabotage, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS), Quick Response Team, Riot Control police, etc have been deployed,” said Venkatesh, who was flanked by joint CP Shivaji Bodkhe, DCP (special branch) Ravindrasing Pardeshi and DCP (traffic) Smartana Patil during the press meet at his Civil Lines office.

Meanwhile, the fire department has spared three fire tenders and 40 staff, mostly firemen. For the governor’s visit, one fire tender and 20 staff will be deputed.

PM’s Schedule
Modi, along with his team of ministers, would be launching BHIM cash and referral schemes, BHIM Aadhar apart from awarding prizes of Grahak yojana and Digidhan Vyapar yojana. He would also perform the bhoomipujan of Pradhan Mantri Awas yojana, AIIMS Nagpur, IIM Nagpur and IIIT Nagpur.

However, the prime minister would not be laying the foundtion stone of Maharashtra National Law University as reported.

In a press release, MNLU registrar has informed that for any such function, chancellor’s permission is required.

Follow the Signs
“Extensive briefing has been done to the constables to ensure minimum inconvenience to the citizens. Signages have been erected for guiding the citizens. Notifications have been issued for closing certain stretches of roads but efforts would be to ensure unhindered traffic flow which could slow down at places,” the CP said, appealing to the masses not to park vehicles on roads.

Agencies in Coordination
Venkatesh also stressed that exhaustive preparations have been made encompassing inputs and experiences from various agencies from state and central governments. “The security plan has been finalized after incorporating various intelligence reports and suggestions,” he said.

The CP also said that the control room has been supplied with additional manpower. “DCP traffic has been co-ordinating with other construction agencies, including Metro Rail Corporation whose works on the road would be suspended for a day,” he said.

Earlier in the day, he said that the police have also given permission to Kanhaiya Kumar’s programme.