Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Additional Director General (Law and Order) Yashwant Jethwa on Sunday reviewed the security arrangements in Puri, a day before the scheduled visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to the heritage town.

President Kovind is slated to pay obeisance to Lord Jagannath at the Srimandir and later visit Sun Temple at Konark.

According to police sources, the security arrangement near Srimandir has been intensified. Strict access control and thorough security perimeter with adherence to the Covid-19 protocols are in place for the President's visit to the Pilgrim City. In order to tighten security, street shops from Medical Square to Srimandir along Bada Danda road will be closed.

As many as 40 platoons of police along with 13 senior officials and 250 officers will be on duty during the event in the town. The temple administration has also made elaborate arrangements for the smooth visit of Kovind.

Central Range DIG Jay Narayan Pankaj and Puri Superintendent of Police (SP) Kanwar Vishal Singh have reviewed the elaborate arrangements on President's darshan of the Lord. Both the officers discussed with the servitors who have been allotted to accompany Kovind during his darshan of the Trinity in Srimandir.

According to sources, Kovind will reach Puri at 9 am and spend around 45 minutes in Srimandir. Following the darshan of Lord Jagannath he will travel to Konark and visit the Sun Temple at around 10.45 am.

Currently, President Kovind accompanied by the First Lady is on a three-day visit to the State from March 20 to 22.

The President graced the 18th annual convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela and also inaugurated the Super Specialty Hospital in the Steel City today.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)