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SAP Centre more secure than airport for Modi’s address

Modi_in_US_2015 Updated: Sep 27, 2015 11:58 IST
Modi in US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the audience at Madison Square Garden in New York during his last US tour. The SAP Centre is ready to host the PM’s address during his September 2015 visit.(PTI File Photo)

The SAP Centre in San Jose will have a security cover tighter than that of an airport as thousands of Indian-Americans will have to go through strict screening as they will throng at the venue where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address on Sunday.

“It (security screening) is tighter than that of airport security. In airport security, magnetometers are a little bit low. In that case you can pass 1,000 people per hour. Here only 500 people would be able to pass through the magnetometer per hour,” convener of Indo-American Community of West Coast Khande Rao Kand said on Saturday.

Enough magnetometers have been installed at the centre to facilitate faster screening process, he said, adding that because of the heightened security threat, there needs to be tighter screening process.

“The excitement is growing, volunteers are swelling. People who were not even associated before they are coming forward,” Rao said.

Over 1200 volunteers are engaged in making preparations for the event for which a record 18,500 tickets have been distributed, he said.

Just like the Madison Square Garden, the center stage would be a rotating one from where Modi will be speaking. “It is going to be a life time memorable event for the Indian-Americans of the area,” Rao said.

Before Modi’s address, a colourful cultural evening has been planned with performances from local Indian-Americans. Bollywood playback singer Kailash Kher is also scheduled to perform.