Elaborate arrangements have been made by Chandigarh police as well their Panchkula counterparts as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land at the city airport and cross into Panchkula for oath-taking ceremony of BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar as the new chief minister of Haryana on Sunday.
As many as 3,000 cops each from the two forces have been deployed to ensure law and order and govern traffic movement on the city roads. The road from the airport to the rally ground in Panchkula’s Sector 5, which is the venue, will be covered with high security. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be also be deployed along the route. UT senior superintendent of police (traffic and security) Maneesh Chaudhry said that apart from senior IPS officers, around 20 DSPs and 40 inspectors would be on duty.
Dry run a nuisance
The UT police also carried a dry run to ensure security for the PM, but it left city residents struggling in a jam on the Dakshin Marg from the airport lights to the Tribune roundabout as roads were blocked for some time during the rehearsal. Modi is scheduled to take the Dakshin Marg towards Chandigarh until the Tribune Chowk and then turn towards Madhya Marg from where he would enter Panchkula. An alternate route is via Zirakpur.
The administration has also declared imposition of prohibitory orders within 100-metre radius of Modi’s route. Parking of any type of vehicle is also prohibited on the route.