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Navi Mumbai prepares for PM Modi’s visit, for ceremony to start airport construction

Modi to go to satellite city on Sunday for the ground-breaking ceremony of the international airport; traffic diversions in place

mumbai Updated: Feb 18, 2018 09:12 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times
A helipad has been built for the PM’s helicopter to land in Navi Mumbai on Sunday, February 18.
A helipad has been built for the PM’s helicopter to land in Navi Mumbai on Sunday, February 18.(Bachchan Kumar/HT)

Massive arrangements are being made in Navi Mumbai for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Sunday. Modi is visiting the city for the ground-breaking ceremony of Navi Mumbai international airport at Ulwe and the inauguration of JNPT’s fourth terminal.

A huge mandap, with a seating capacity for 20,000 people and 500 VIPs, has been set up for the event; the dais itself will be 80x32 feet. Entry into this area has already been banned. A 50-feet screen has also been installed to help people see the event better.

BJP plans for a full house
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Panvel unit, led by former MP Ramseth Thakur and MLA Prashant Thakur, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the PM’s first visit to the area is well attended.
  • Party sources said they are planning to get around 30,000 people to the venue. Several school and private buses have been hired to ferry the crowd.
  • Belapur BJP MLA Manda Mhatre has made a public appeal that people attend the ceremony in large numbers.

On Friday afternoon, Indian Air Force officials inspected the helipad that has been built for Modi’s helicopter to land and tested the site by landing their own chopper. Air Force personnel were also seen inspecting the neighbouring area.

Panvel tehsildar Deepak Akde and senior Navi Mumbai police officials and commandos also inspected the helipad and the public meeting space.

“A special team from Delhi is camping in the area. GVK, which will construct the airport, has deployed personnel, too, for the programme,” said Mohan Ninawe, chief public relations officer of CIDCO.

Ninawe said CIDCO officials are busy with various arrangements to ensure that nothing is left to chance. “We have made elaborate plans for parking, and we are coordinating with the traffic police and the RTO department for traffic movement.”

Traffic diversions
  • Heavy vehicles will be banned from using Sion-Panvel highway up to Uran Phata, as also using Amra Marg to head towards JNPT. Instead, vehicles coming from Sion-Panvel highway will continue straight on the highway and at the CBD-Kalamboli junction, take a right turn to go on to JNPT road and then head to their destination.
  • Heavy vehicles will also be banned from Gavhan Phata to Kille junction. Vehicles coming from Gavhan Phata should, from `D’ point, head towards Panvel and from Kalamboli circle take a turn to their destination.
  • The diversions will be in force on Sunday, from 6am to 9pm.

The Navi Mumbai traffic police department have drawn up detailed plans to regulate traffic. Several diversions will be in place all of Sunday. The restrictions are mostly related to the entry of heavy vehicles, but keep in mind that this may affect the flow of traffic in other areas. Heavy vehicles, for instance, will be prohibited from plying on Amra Marg up to Uran Phata road.

Nitin Pawar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said: “We have specified the entry ban and diversion of heavy and very heavy vehicles. The diversions will be in force on Sunday, from 6am to 9pm. We appeal to everyone to cooperate as the prime minister will be visiting the city along with a host of dignitaries.”

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 16:18 IST

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