Last minute preparations underway for President

Bhubaneswar: The state government is all set to roll out red carpet once again for President Pranab Mukherjee who would begin a two-day visit to Odisha from September 6.
 
The Odisha Police are leaving no stone unturned to ensure full-proof security in Bhubaneswar and the temple town, where the President is scheduled to stay on the day of his arrival.
 
According to official sources, as many as 40 platoons of police force and 501 officers will be deployed in the capital city whereas around 15 platoons of force and 50 officers would be stationed at Puri. Sources added, Coast guard will patrol the Puri beach and keep a vigil on the shore.
 
Besides, the State government which had invited criticism from several quarters for its poor arrangements last time at the Utkal University convocation, is making serious efforts this time to plug the loopholes.
 
Pranab’s two-day tour includes his visit to the Jagannath temple in Puri on September 6 and the convocation ceremonies of IIT-Bhubaneswar and Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (BVB) on September 7 here.

While the convocation of IIT-Bhubaneswar will be held on the campus of IMMT (Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology), the BVB has chosen the campus of XIMB (Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar) for its convocation.

 
The district administration has also engaged scores of workers to beautify the routes to be covered by Mukherjee. A fresh coat of paint was given to the Raj Bhavan buildings in Bhubaneswar and Puri.
 
 "We have taken steps to repair potholes and street lights. Security arrangements are already in place. We too have conducted a mock drill to check the arrangements for the President's trip," said Uddhab Charan Majhi, additional collector, Puri.
 
The President is scheduled to reach Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar at 4.35pm on September 6. Soon after, he would proceed to Puri and spend the night at the Raj Bhavan there.
 
On September 7, Mukherjee would visit the Jagannath temple and return to Bhubaneswar to attend the Indian Institute of Technology-Bhubaneswar’s second convocation. In the evening, the President would address the gathering at the convocation of management students of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan before returning to New Delhi the same day.