Preparation in full swing for President Mukherjee’s Udupi, Kollur visit
Udupi: Preparations are in full swing in the district for President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Udupi and Kollur Temple on June 18.
Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Udupi for the first time after becoming the President of India. In 2012 when he was Union Finance Minister he had visited Manipal and inaugurated the seminar ‘21st Century as the Asian Century: Role of India and China’. He had also inaugurated the ground floor of the Academic block of MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology) campus.
Pranab Mukherjee’s Special Aircraft will arrive at the Mangaluru International Airport on Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m after which he will board a chopper to reach Adi-Udupi helipad. From Adi-Udupi Mukherjee will pass by road to the Circuit House, after which he will visit the Sri Krishna Math at 12:00 p.m. Thereafter he will attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of B R Shetty’s Super Specialty hospital building.
Thereafter Mukherjee will return to the Circuit House for lunch. After lunch, the president will take a chopper to Kollur and will visit Sri Mookambika Temple at 4:15 pm. After visiting the temple the President will take a chopper to Mangaluru Airpot from where he will be flying back to New Delhi.
According to the reports, Devotees will not be allowed into the Sri Krishna Math from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meals for devotees will be served after 2:00 p.m. So also in Kollur, there will be no darshan for the devotees at the Sri Mookambika Temple from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Devotees will have to finish their darshan before 10:30 a.m. or have it after 6:00 p.m.
The district administration headed by Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner has held a number of preparatory meetings on the security arrangements for the President’s visit. Nodal officers have been appointed to look after various departments during the visit. Issues related to medical units and food safety were also discussed.
The maintenance work of Adi-Udupi and Shiroor Helipads is under progress by the PWD department. The Adi-Udupi – Krishna Math Underpass Road work in full swing by Navayuga Construction.
Shilpa Naag assistant commissioner of Kundapur Division reviewed the arrangements including the maintenance of roads, Helipad etc. She also instructed the National Highway Authority to fill potholes on the Highway and keep the National Highway in perfect condition.
Apart from the local police, Central forces and the President’s security wing are also involved in providing tight security at the international airports, Krishna Temple, Kollur Temple and Kodachadri Hill. Preparatory measures are on, with the district police working out the security plans.