Rehearsals and mock drills were conducted on Sunday,a day ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Mullanpur where he will lay the foundation stone of a cancer hospital amid the deployment of nearly 2,500 Punjab Police personnel.
Deployed in the security cover are two Inspectors General of Police,two Deputy Inspectors General of Police,three Senior Superintendents of Police,12 Superintendents of Police and 25 Deputy Superintendents of Police.
IG (Patiala Zone) Paramjit Singh Gill along with IG (Indian Reserve Battalion) Paramjit Singh Grewal will oversee the arrangements.
Apart from the regular police,a team of Special Protection Group has been reviewing the arrangements. Various other police teams,including Punjab Commando Police,Anti-Riot Police and Crime Investigation Department,have been deployed too.
On Sunday evening,Punjab Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh,Principal Secretary to CM S K Sandhu,Special Principal Secretary to CM Gagandeep Singh Brar and DGP Sumedh Singh Saini visited the venue and reviewed the arrangements.
The PM will arrive on Monday afternoon and lay the foundation stone of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Medicity,Mullanpur.
Heavy police force has been deployed in Chandigarh too. Most of the personnel have been deployed on the road from the airport to the Mullanpur barrier via the Madhya Marg.
A mock drill was conducted around 1 pm when a cavalcade went from the airport to Mullanpur. CCTV cameras have been installed at and around the venue which will have an audience capacity of around 700 people.
All the arrangements are in place. Various rehearsals and mock drills have been conducted and the area around the venue has been thoroughly scrutinised, said Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti.
In Chandigarh,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal presided over a meeting with director of Tata Memorial Centre Dr R A Badwe and his team for reviewing the ongoing joint projects to eradicate cancer from the state. Badal assured the director that the state government would provide every possible help to them for the Mullanpur facility.
The main entrance of PGI and GMSH-16 may be avoided from 2 pm to 7 pm on Monday as the Chandigarh Police has requested the general public to use alternative gates: the new OPD Gate,PGI (near Sector 11) and the back entrance of GMSH which will remain open during this time.
Section 144 will be imposed within 75 metres around the Technical Airport,PGIMER,GMCH-32 and the routes to be followed by the cavalcade of the Prime Minister. Assembly of five or more persons,protests and rallies will be prohibited and the order will be in force from 10 am to 8 pm.
Both the Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance continued their tug-of-war for taking credit for the PMs visit by putting up banners and hoardings all over the route to extend welcome to the PM.