The administrations of Chandigarh and Panchkula were in an overdrive Saturday making preparations for the arrival of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Both Chandigarh and Panchkula were given a facelift ahead of the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected Haryana government led by Manohar Lal Khattar.
The roads leading from the Airport to the venue in Sector 5 Panchkula were completely spruced up. The streetlight poles and the pavements were given a fresh coat of paint. The streetlights that were non-functional for some time were repaired. Even the traffic lights were cleaned up along the route that Modi’s cavalcade is expected to take.
Care was also taken that railings on the road medians were painted and the grass mowed. Huge entry gates decked with saffron and green have been installed at Panchkula’s entrance to welcome the PM. The party’s flags could be seen adorning the medians in Panchkula. Hoardings welcoming the PM were installed.
The leaders of the party state that around one lakh people from across the state are expected to turn up for the event. Apart from Modi and the Chief Ministers of five states, the top brass of the BJP is expected to be present at the ceremony. Party leaders claim that with the BJP winning by a majority in Haryana and forming its government for the first time, there is much enthusiasm among the workers to be here.
The ground where the ceremony was to be held as well as the roads leading to it could be seen swarming with police. Checks were conducted at the Chandigarh Railway Station as well. Police were deployed on the roof tops of the buildings around the venue. Bomb detection squads were present at the venue.
The petrol pumps in Sector 5 and 8, Panchkula would remain closed. So would Shalimar mall that is adjoining the ground. The markets along the route of the cavalcade would remain closed till the event gets over. As many as 10 parking lots around the venue would be used for parking the vehicles of those who come for the ceremony. Commuters in Panchkula need to avoid Sector 5-6 dividing road, Sector 5-8 dividing road till the end of the event.
Three stages have been installed at the ground. While one is for the ceremony, the second for VVIPs and the third for religious heads who are expected to be attending.