November 27, 2022

Bhubaneswar, November 9 (IANS): Police in Odisha have tightened security in the capital Bhubaneswar and Puri for President Droupadi Murmu’s two-day visit to Odisha.

After taking office as President of India, Murmu will visit Odisha on November 10th and 11th.

Security precautions were taken for the President’s visit in accordance with the Blue Book. A mock exercise of the security karcade movement was held in Puri and Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

More than 25 police platoons are deployed for the President’s security precautions in the pilgrimage city. About 100 police officers will be deployed in different places for the President’s visit, said Puri SP, KV Singh.

“We have made traffic arrangements to divert traffic for a very short time,” Singh said.

Jagannath Temple (development) administrator Ajay Jena said the President will first honor flowers to the statue of Utkalmani Gopabandhu in Puri and then visit the temple.

After visiting the main temple, she will also visit Maa Bimala and Mahalaxmi temples, he said.

About 34 police platoons along with 300 police officers will be in charge of the president’s security, said Bhubaneswar DCP, Prateek Singh.

Upon arrival here at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Murmu will meet a guard of honor at the airport and then fly direct to Puri where she will visit the Jagannath Temple.

Around 12:00 PM the President is expected to arrive at the helipad and be escorted to the Sri Jagannath Temple. After having darshan of Lord Jagannath and other deities in the temple, she will visit Puri Raj Bhawan where Mahaprasad will be served to her.

Devotees will be banned from entering the temple during the president’s visit to the temple, officials said.

She will return to Bhubaneswar in the afternoon and crown the statues of eminent people here. In the evening she will attend a citizens’ reception at the Raj Bhavan.

On the second day (November 11) she will visit Tapoban High School in Khandagiri, Unit-2 Government Girls High School and Kuntala Kumari Sabat Tribal Hostel where she stayed.

The President is also scheduled to inaugurate an Odia engineering textbook and portal (e-Kumbh) in Jaydev Bhawan before flying back to Delhi on November 11.

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