Venue for oath-taking ceremony turns into fortress

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2014 00:29 IST

The entire sector 5 in Panchkula had been turned into a fortress guarded by more than 3,000 police personnel for the oath-taking ceremony of the Haryana CM-designate and his cabinet.

The Prime Minister will land at the Chandigarh air force station and go to Panchkula via Chandigarh. Zirakpur is the standby route. Special Protection Group (SPG) has secured the stage. A giant LCD (liquid-crystal display) screen is installed at the venue for the people who would sit far from the dais. There are several feet between the stage and the general public arena.

A security drill was carried out at the site on Saturday. The nearby petrol-filling stations in Sector 5 and 8 have been closed for security reasons and the tanks there emptied. The pumps account for a sale of about `9 lakh daily. The Shalimar mall behind the ceremony stage won’t open until the ceremony is over.

There are separate entries for the general public, the media, and the VVIPs. For the public, there are nearly 25,000 chairs, while there will be seven ambulances and two dispensary kiosks, besides makeshift toilets, at the venue.

Neelam P Kasni, secretary to the governor; and Haryana director general of police SN Vashisht inspected the site on Saturday evening. Late evening, even Khattar came over to have a look. The route to the venue is decorated with the BJP flags and banners.

Two caravans called for the PM are equipped with all living facilities.

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