Tight security for PM Narendra Modi’s Mangaluru visit

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Tight security for PM Narendra Modi’s Mangaluru visit

Mangaluru: Home minister Araga Jnanendra said that the police have made all security arrangements as part of the Prime Minister’s visit to Mangaluru on Friday. The Prime Minister will arrive at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) at 12:30 pm.

“The Mangaluru City Police have taken all measures to ensure that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is secure. Senior police officers including DGP Praveen Sood, ADGP Alok Kumar, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar and others will be monitoring the security arrangements.

Nearly 100 senior police officers will camp in Mangaluru to ensure tight security during the PM’s visit. In addition to 2,000 policemen, platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police, Anti-Naxal Force, City Armed Reserve, District Armed Reserve, Coastal Security Police, Rapid Action Force and Garuda Force will be deployed in the city for the programme. In total, a fortress of 3,000 security personnel from different units will be in the city,” the home minister said.

Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister V Sunil Kumar, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar and SP Rishikesh Sonawane have already held several rounds of meetings. “At any cost, the event will not witness any untoward incidents and all arrangements are in place for the public to participate in the programme,” the minister said.

District Minister V Sunil Kumar said that the Prime Minister will dedicate and lay the foundation for various development works worth Rs 3,800 crore.

“The Prime Minister will be addressing the gathering at 1:30 pm. The district administration in association with the MLAs have completed all arrangements at the venue where Prime Minister Modi will address over one lakh participants.

The programme also will witness the participation of beneficiaries of various government schemes from the coastal districts. People are requested to reach the venue before 12 noon. Food will be arranged for all. participants in the programme. The Prime Minister’s visit will create a new milestone in the growth of coastal districts,” Kumar said.

PM to inaugurate, lay the foundation for Rs 3,800 cr projects in Mangaluru

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in this coastal city on Friday afternoon during which he will inaugurate and lay the foundation for mechanisation and industrialisation projects worth around Rs 3,800 crore and address a mega event.

This visit by Modi for about a couple of hours to this port city, after attending events in neighbouring Kerala, is likely to give a boost to the Karnataka BJP, which is preparing for Assembly polls next year, aiming to regain power in the state, with a target of winning at least 150 of the total 224 seats.

According to party and official sources, the Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive at the Mangaluru International Airport at around 1:30 PM, from where he will fly to New Mangaluru Port Authority (NMPA) premises at Panambur by a chopper, and after inaugurating or laying the foundation to various projects, he will arrive at the Goldfinch city grounds here, to attend an official public event.

Nearly two lakh people are likely to attend the event at Goldfinch city grounds, they said, in addition to one lakh workers of the BJP, the district administration is also said to have invited about 70,000 beneficiaries of various Union government welfare schemes to the programme.

Party workers and beneficiaries of government programmes are likely to come from various parts of Dakshina Kannada district and neighbouring Udupi.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Prahlad Joshi, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje, a host of state Ministers, BJP legislators and leaders are likely to participate in the event.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements in the city for the PM’s visit.

The visit to Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district is seen as significant after recent incidents of “communal” murders including that of BJP activist Praveen Nettar near here, which triggered widespread protests and a spate of resignations by some of its Yuva Morcha members and workers at various places across Karnataka, accusing the state government of not standing up to protect the lives of Hindu ‘Karyakartas’.

Several Hindutva ideologues and organisations too had expressed their angst against the government, reflecting similar sentiments.

The visit is also at the time when the BJP government is facing corruption charges of “40 per cent commission” in public works by the state contractors’ association, and also allegations of irregularities in several departments by certain organisations and opposition parties, especially the Congress.

The projects that PM will inaugurate or lay foundation tomorrow including, Inauguration of the project worth over Rs 280 crore for mechanisation of Berth No. 14 for handling containers and other cargo, undertaken by the New Mangalore Port Authority; lay the foundation stone of five projects worth around Rs 1,000 crore, undertaken by the Port.

He will also inaugurate two projects undertaken by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited viz BS VI Upgradation Project and Sea Water Desalination Plant, worth Rs 1,830 crore and Rs 680 crore respectively.

Pics By Alfie D’souza- Team Mangalorean

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