Armed personnel from different forces conducted dry runs and prepared for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival to the city, which is scheduled at 10am on December 31 at Sector 62.
The city has virtually been turned into a fortress. A team of Special Protection Group (SPG), the specialised commando group for security of VIPs, conducted trial runs of the alternate routes for VIP movement.
“Traffic police will be deployed at every intersection across the city. The route map of PM’s movement has been handed over to them and they have been asked to act according to the plan. Meetings are being held with top officials of the state and Central security forces,” said Ram Nayan Yadav, superintendent of police (traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar.
The police will shut down movement of heavy vehicles on the NH-24 till the end of PM’s speech. Drivers have been asked to take alternate routes, away from the venue, the police said.
“The entire staff, including a group of anti-terror squad commandos, will be present to provide security cover to the PM and other VIPs. We have identified the strategic spots to place commandos and snipers. The rest of the plan cannot be disclosed due to security reasons,” a senior police official said.
Meanwhile, barricades were erected at all entry-exit points of the city. The police said they will start checking vehicles from Thursday morning.
“More than 3,500 policemen have been deployed ahead of the PM’s visit. We have selected five spots that can accommodate parking of 2,250 buses of the visitors. Seven additional parking spaces have been identified for cars and other vehicles,” said Kiran Sivakumar, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar.
Additional forces, which were sought from neighbouring districts, arrived in the city on Wednesday.
“We already have a battalion of provincial armed constabulary (PAC). Additional forces have also been deployed at the designated area for security cover,” Sivakumar said.