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VVIP visits put city on high alert

The security in the city for the next three days would be put on high alert in the wake of the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee and Bahrain Prince on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Published: 16th March 2013 09:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2013 10:14 AM   |  A+A-

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The security in the city for the next three days would be put on high alert in the wake of the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee and Bahrain Prince on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The police would be controlling the vehicle movement to ease the passage of VVIPs to various parts of the city.

President Pranab Mukherjee would be arriving at INS Garuda on Saturday afternoon. He would travel to Alappuzha and Kottayam in a Naval helicopter from the Naval Base.

In case of unfavourable weather conditions for flying helicopter, the President would be passing through the city to Alappuzha and Kottayam in a motorcade. He would be returning to Kochi in the helicopter and fly back to New Delhi by evening.

The City Police have also made preparations for the visit of Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa,  Bahrain Crown Prince and Commander of Bahrain Armed Forces. The Bahrain prince would be arriving at the Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, in a special flight on Sunday night.

He would be staying at Hotel Taj Vivanta where the Chief Minister and other state ministers would meet him. On Monday, he would attend private programmes in the city. He would return from Kochi on Monday night.

Traffic regulations would be on place on  Saturday if the President chooses road route to travel to Alappuzha.

However, there will be no major traffic regulation as part of Bahrain Prince’s visit.

Special security arrangements have been made for the next three days. Additional police would be deployed for the surveillance and traffic duties.

“Shadow police will also be monitoring the situation in the city. On Sunday and Monday, traffic would be blocked for a few minutes when Bahrain prince passes through the city. Random checking and night patrolling would be enhanced,” police said.



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