NELLORE: The Sriharikota High Attitude Range (SHAR) precincts and the coast line of the entire Nellore district have been turned into a fortress with the district administration getting confirmation about the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to witness the launch of PSLV-C23 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center there on June 30.
The launch is scheduled to take place at 9.49 am on June 30 and Modi, as per the tentative schedule, will reach Chennai on June 29 morning. From there, he will reach SHAR in a special helicopter the same day and will stay at the SHAR guest house there overnight. After witnessing the launch, Modi will leave for Chennai around 11 am en route New Delhi, according to officials.
The district police along with the Marine Police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the SHAR, have been alerted to maintain strict vigil in their jurisdictions.
The Marine Police on Monday launched combing operations along the 169-km-long coastal line, right from Kavali to Tada, from Monday itself. The forest areas surrounding the Sriharikota island villages like Koridi, Kollapattu, Konnathuru, Ragannapatteda, Thotakatta, Atakani Tippa, etc., have been taken over by the security forces.
As part of the security measures, police started shifting the local tribals, called Challa Yanadis, living in the forest areas abutting SHAR to shelter homes in Sullurpet. The tribals will not be allowed to go back to their houses/villages till June 30.
Meanwhile, the district administration has also issued orders prohibiting fishermen or any boats from venturing into the sea throughout the vast coastal line of the district till the conclusion of PSLV-C23 launch.
Police officials said the security personnel posted along the 169-km-long coast line in the district would be put on high alert during the Prime Minister’s visit. “We will also inspect all the lodges and guest houses in Sullurpet and keep a strict vigil on the movement of strangers and people moving under suspicious circumstances’’ district SP Navdeep Singh Grewal told the Express.
He added that the neighbouring Tamil Nadu police would also take part in the security arrangements and surveillance in the border areas. Additional forces from Chittoor and Prakasam districts would be deployed for the security, he added.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the ISRO is constructing three helipads in the SHAR premises for helicopters carrying Modi and other dignitaries to land. Union Ministers, including M Venkaiah Naidu, AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu and others are also likely to witness the launch along with Modi.