KOCHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to inaugurate the Kochi Metro on June 17, the district administration is sizing up all aspects of security.
On Saturday, District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla convened a high-level meeting of officers to discuss the measures to be taken ahead of the PM’s visit.
A final decision, though, on the security and other aspects will be taken in a meeting at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. “As per information, the Prime Minister will reach the Naval airport. He will hold a discussion with the Chief Minister and other ministers at the Guest House before coming to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium premises for the inaugural function. The Prime Minister’s Office is also considering a journey on the Metro for the PM,” the Collector said in a statement.
According to the district administration, around 3,500 invited guests are expected to participate in the inaugural function. “Under the guidance of the PWD, an event management team will be set up at the venue. Security forces will monitor the preparations required to stage the high-profile event. CCTV will be installed at the site and the details of all workers will be handed over to the police,” the Collector said.
He also directed the PWD to initiate re-tarring of the stretch between Kaloor and Naval Base. The meeting also directed the Kochi Corporation to clean the drain near the venue to avoid waterlogging on the premises.
Apart from seeking the help of hospitals in case of an emergency, the meeting also directed the Fire and Safety Department, GCDA, Corporation and the Food and Safety Department to take steps to ensure a smooth conduct of the PM’s visit.