Tight security ahead of PM’s visit to Kochi for the inauguration of the Kochi Metro Rail project

KOCHI: Prime minister Narendra Modi will be reaching Kochi on Saturday for the inauguration of the Kochi Metro Rail project and the arrangements have reached the final stage.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate KMRL’s commercial services on the 13-km Aluva-Palarivattom section of the 27-km Line-1 at 11 am on Saturday.

The security aspects for the prime minister is being monitored and is almost complete. The PM will reach by a special Airforce aircraft on Saturday morning at 10.15 am and will reach the Metro inauguration venue by road.  He will make a Metro ride at 10.35 am from Palarivattom station to Pathadipallam and back. After cutting the ribbon at the Palarivattom station, Modi will board the train. Modi will dedicate the rail project to the nation at 11 am at a special function to be held at the Kaloor Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

The 3500 guests will be seated at a specially erected pandal near the Kaloor stadium .  Visitors to the stadium will be allowed only by invitation and identity proof.

Food-proof security arrangements have been arranged and the whole town has come under a tight security blanket. AIGs Anish Sirohi, Rajesh Kumar, T K Gowtham led team visited the places that the PM will take and supervised the arrangements.

District collectors K Muhammed Y Sameerullah, police commissioner M P Dinesh, deputy commissioner Chandra were also present.

Along with the prime minister, Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan too will take a ride in the Kochi Metro.  CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu, Governor P Sadasivam, chief secretary Nalini Netto, Union Urban Development Ministry secretary Rajeev Gowbay, DMRC chief advisor E Sreedharan, KMRL managing director Elias George will accompany the distinguished guest.

Seven coaches have reached Kochi and 6 will be made operational.

Tight security has been put in place and 4 CCTVs have been installed around the main venue of the stadium complex.

The security arrangements have been implemented based on the directives of the senior officials of the Special Protection Group. The police also requested the public to stay out of the route of the PM’s cavalcade. A special batch of 160 specially trained commandos has been positioned at different locations

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