President arrives in state, to visit Puri temple today - The New Indian Express

President arrives in state, to visit Puri temple today

Published: 07th September 2013 11:38 AM

Last Updated: 07th September 2013 12:18 PM

President Pranab Mukherjee arrived here on Friday on a two-day visit to Odisha and immediately left for Puri where he would spend the night at the Raj Bhavan.

Governor S C Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Additional Chief Secretary U N Behera, DGP Prakash Mishra, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani and senior officials were present at the airport here to welcome the President.

Mukherjee, who was scheduled to reach here at 4.35 pm, landed 10 minutes ahead of schedule and flew straight to Puri by helicopter. The President is scheduled to visit Jagannath temple in Puri and attend the convocation ceremonies of IIT-Bhubaneswar and Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (BVB) on Saturday here.

The President will return to New Delhi on Saturday evening. 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.

The State Government has directed Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to keep all arrangements in place in order to ensure a hassle-free visit for the President.

The SJTA will present a Pattachitra of Kanchi Abhiyan to the President as memento. A holy flag will also be offered to the deities in the name of the President.

About 40 platoons of police force and 501 officers are likely to be assigned for security of the President in Bhubaneswar. Similarly, 22 platoons of force and 50 officers would be deployed at Puri.

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