BJP pulls out all stops for Narendra Modi rally
In the last minute rush to ensure success of Modi's maiden rally in Delhi, the city unit of the BJP is busy running checks on the arrangements.delhi Updated: Sep 29, 2013 21:54 IST
In the last minute rush to ensure success of Narendra Modi's maiden rally in Delhi, the city unit of the BJP is busy running checks on the arrangements made so far -- pandal, flowers, LED screens, security, audio system, stage and transport.
The party is banking on the Metro to bring in maximum of people for the rally and, therefore, it had asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to increase the frequency on the Dilshad Garden-Rithala line. The rally venue, Japanese Park in Rohini, is close to Rohini West and Rithala Metro stations.
"DMRC has assured us that the frequency of trains on the Rithala line would be reduced to 3.3 minutes from 5 minutes on Sunday. Also, the number of trains has been doubled to 26 on Sunday," said Vijender Gupta convenor of the committee formed to oversee the rally preparations.
The party has also asked the Metro to provide feeder buses at Rohini West and Rithala Metro stations. Also, 300 e-rickshaws have been hired to transport supporters from Metro stations to the rally venue. "This will help the senior citizens who can't walk. The buses will also have to stop at a certain distance from the rally venue," said Gupta.
Over a 1,000 party workers will sleep at the venue on Saturday night to guard the massive infrastructure erected for the rally.
Apart from the Metro, over 4,000 buses have been arranged to carry supporters to the venue. For those who couldn't reach the rally ground, LED screens have been placed at almost 20 locations across the city to telecast the proceedings at the massive rally.
Modi and Delhi election incharge Nitin Gadkari will reach the venue around 11 am on a chopper for which a helipad has been made at the ground.
The Delhi Police has posted 3,000 personnel for security at the venue. Quick Reaction Teams (PCRs), patrol vans, bomb disposal squad, dog squad and intelligence officials will also be present in and around the venue.
"Visitors will be allowed from 11 gates. Baggage scanners and metal detectors have been installed at all entry points. People must come early as thorough frisking will result into long queues," said a senior police officer.
Traffic police have also made elaborate arrangement and urged the residents to use metro. "Delhi Traffic Police strongly recommend that all participants and those who wish to join the rally should avoid private vehicles and use metro till Rithala Metro Station which is very close to the venue," said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).