The traffic on the Pathankot-Mandi highway (NH-20) will come to complete halt for almost an hour on February 12 when President Pranab Mukharjee is scheduled to visit Kangra valley to attend the second convocation of Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP).
"The traffic on the 20 km stretch from Gaggal to 32 Miles station will be stopped as soon as the President reaches Pathankot," said Kangra superintendent of police (SP) Balbir Thakur addressing the media on Friday. The President's flight, he said, is due to land in
Pathankot at 11.15am, after which he will be taken to Gaggal airport in a helicopter.
"The traffic coming from Pathankot side will be diverted from the 32 Miles station, while that coming from Hamirpur will be diverted from Ranital," said Thakur adding that traffic from Palampur would be stopped at Gaggal.
He said that the arrangement would last for 55 minutes and the traffic would be allowed to flow normally after the President enters the venue. However, emergency response vehicles like ambulance would be allowed to ply, he said.
Mukharjee is scheduled to remain at the university campus for nearly two hours, after which the roads would similarly be close d for the President's return to Pathankot, said Thakur.
A thousand constables, 250 Head Constables and 50 non- gazetted officers would be deployed on the route. "Besides, the CID, bomb disposal squad, dog squad, and the Indian army's mine detection wing will also be posted at the venue," said Thakur, adding that the entire exercise will be rehersed on February 10 and 11.