PM Modi in Odisha today to launch IOCL’s Paradip refinery

  • PTI, Bhubaneswar
  • Updated: Feb 07, 2016 09:19 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate IOCL’s Paradip refinery on Sunday and also the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) near Bhubaneswar. (Reuters File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate IOCL’s oil refinery at Paradip to the nation on Sunday and will also inaugurate the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) near Bhubaneswar.

Modi landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar on Saturday evening on a two-day tour of Odisha. Odisha hovernor S C Jamir, chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Union ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan received him.

He is scheduled to interact with students and faculty members of NISER and will leave for Puri to visit 12th Century Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri at 11 am.

This is Modi’s first visit to Puri temple and second visit to the state after becoming the Prime Minister.

“Will offer prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Puri during my Odisha visit on the 7th,” Modi had tweeted.

Later, the Prime Minister will leave for Paradip to inaugurate IOCL’s Rs 35,000 crore refinery at 1 PM and will address a public meeting there.

DGP K B Singh reviewed security arrangements at Paradip, while other senior officers are camping at Puri and NISER to ensure security of the Prime Minister.

“All arrangements are made as per the rule book,” Singh said, adding about one lakh people are expected at Paradip.

For the PM’s visit, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration has decided to keep the temple doors closed for one hour. The Archaeological Survey of India, which is repairing the temple complex, will suspend work to facilitate entry of Modi into the sanctum sanctorum.

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