Pranab arrives in Odisha, to visit Puri temple tomorrow
Bhubaneswar: President Pranab Mukherjee was accorded a rousing welcome on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik airport here on Friday.
Soon after his arrival, Odisha governor SC Jamir welcomed Mukherjee on his second visit to the State after the latter assumed the office as President in July last year. Among others chief minister Naveen Patnaik, additional chief secretary UN Behera, MP Prasanna Patsani, Bhubaneswar Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena and DGP Prakash Mishra were present on the occasion.
Pranab after exchanging pleasantries with the officials, left for Puri in a special chopper of Indian Air Force. He is scheduled to stay at Raj Bhavan in Puri and return to Bhubaneswar on Saturday after offering prayers at Jagannath temple early in the morning.
The President will attend the convocation ceremonies of IIT-Bhubaneswar and Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (BVB) tomorrow here.
While the convocation of IIT-Bhubaneswar will be held on the campus of Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (IMMT) here, the BVB has chosen the campus of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) for its convocation.
“Police would take control over both the venues nearly 24 hours before the convocations start,” Commissioner of Police R K Sharma said.
Meanwhile, the state government has asked Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to keep all arrangements in place in order to ensure a hassle free visit of the President.
Officials said, about 40 platoons (about 1200 personnel) of police force and 501 officers have been assigned for security of the President in Bhubaneswar. Similarly 15 platoons of force and 50 officers have been deployed at Puri.