Tight security for PM’s Balasore visit on June 2

Cuttack: Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh on Saturday reviewed the security arrangements for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Balasore on June 2.

He said adequate arrangements have been made, in view of the expected high turnout at the meeting place as well as inside the industrial town.

“We have already selected Bampada area for the public meeting. The helipad and the meeting ground will be a single place,” Singh said.

“We have made adequate preparations for traffic control and especially for the children. All the arrangements have been made as per Blue Book. We are pressing into service four SPs, five Additional SPs, six Inspectors, 12 DSPs, 130 SIs and Inspectors and 16 platoons of armed police for the event,” he stated.

The top cop also informed announced diversion of traffic as the meeting place is close to the National Highway-5.

“Traffic diversion has been made near Bhadrak, which is leading to Mayurbhanj. Besides, separate routes have been designed for four-wheelers, heavy vehicles and two-wheelers,” he mentioned.

Asked about intelligence input on a possible terror plot considering Balasore’s proximity to Chandipur, and the later being a high security zone due to Integrated Test Range (ITR), he maintained, “Our intelligence is working overtime and we are alert to the situation.”

Meanwhile, there has been a change in the timing of the Prime Minister’s visit. Instead of 3.45 pm as originally scheduled, the PM would arrive at 9 am, official sources said.