GUWAHATI, May 18 - The local administration and civic and security agencies are gearing up for the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city.
Officials said that various departments have been entrusted with separate responsibilities to ensure that the Prime Minister’s visit passes off without any hassles and strict deadlines have been issued for completion of various works, including repair of roads and getting the venues ready for events to be addressed by Modi.
The Prime Minister will be present at two events in Guwahati during his May 26 trip to Assam. While one event will be at the Sarusajai Sports Complex, the other will be at the Veterinary College playground at Khanapara.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has been tasked to repair and ensure functionality and illumination of all streetlights on National Highway 37 from Khanapara to Khonamukh. It is also undertaking street illumination from Khonamukh to LGBI Airport in coordination with the road authorities concerned.
The civic body has also received directions to restore street illumination of all major roads of Guwahati with special emphasis on the roads from Khanapara to Raj Bhawan and from Raj Bhawan to LGBI Airport.
Overall cleanliness of all the city’s main roads from Airport to Raj Bhawan, including NH 37, and at both the venues will also be looked after by the GMC. It will also make provision for sufficient bio-toilets and drinking water for both the meeting venues.
Directions have been issued to rid footpaths of unauthorised encroachments on the city roads in the run-up to the Prime Minister’s visit.
“City Police will provide security, anti-sabotage checking, carcade arrangements and traffic control during the VVIP programme. Besides, adequate security will be provided at LGBI Airport, Raj Bhawan, Sarusajai Sports Complex, Veterinary College playground, Circuit House, Hotel Radisson Blue, Hotel Taj Vivanta and all other such places,” Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro said.
Besides Modi, many other high ranking dignitaries will be in the city that day to mark the first anniversary of the Sarbananda Sonowal government.
Security at the Kamakhya Temple has also been beefed up as some VVIPs are expected to visit the place for darshan.
A traffic plan is being made for the city and sufficient parking places will be allotted at both venues.
Fire and Emergency services will provide fire tenders with well-equipped SDRF personnel at LGBI Airport, Raj Bhawan, Sarusajai and Veterinary College playground from May 25.
Besides, volunteers from Civil Defence, NCC and Scouts and Guides will be deployed at the venues for crowd management.
The health department will depute medical teams with ambulance and life-saving drugs at the venues, while teams of Food Safety Officers will be present at Raj Bhawan, Sarusajai, Veterinary College playground, Hotel Radisson Blue and Hotel Taj Vivanta.
The health department will also coordinate with authorities of the designated hospitals – Basistha Army Hospital, MMCH, GMCH and Railway Hospital. The responsibility for construction of water and fireproof pandals and daises at both venues as per prescribed norms has been entrusted to PWD (Building).
The department is to hand over the venues to the police after completion of work at least 24 hours before the events and it has also been directed to produce fitness certificates of the venues.
PWD (Building) is coordinating with police during site planning.
Officials said that the APDCL will provide uninterrupted power supply at the venues, besides carrying out necessary checks and repairs of the vital installations well ahead of time to avoid last-hour rush.
PWD (Electrical) has been tasked with checking and supervising all electrification at LGBI Airport, Raj Bhawan, Sarusajai and Veterinary College playground and with provision of adequate lighting arrangement around the venues and maintenance of streetlights.
PWD (Roads) is responsible for construction and maintenance of three helipads at Sarusajai, besides roadside barricading and road furnishing as per requirement on the stretch of road under its jurisdiction.
May 20 has been set as deadline for necessary patchwork, furnishing, repair of broken medians, cleaning of medians on all major roads of Guwahati under jurisdiction of PWD (Roads).
Similar deadline of May 20 has been fixed for repair, cleaning and barricading of roads and the NH 37 to different agencies in areas and stretches of their jurisdiction.
Trimming and pruning of trees along all major roads of the city and also at the venues to facilitate safe landing of helicopters is being done by the Divisional Forest Office, Kamrup East Division.
Meanwhile, the DTO (Enforcement) has been given the responsibility to arrange sufficient vehicles as per requirement and to enhance enforcement drive in the city in the run-up to May 26.