Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off their two-day informal summit on Friday, the second one after the Wuhan edition last year, at Mahabalipuram about 50 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai. Clad in a simple, white dhoti and shirt, Modi received Xi in front of Arjuna’s Penance, a stone sculpture at Mahabalipuram. The two leaders held a two-and-half-hour conversation over dinner during which they discussed a range of issues including the challenges being faced by both the countries on account of terrorism. The Asian leaders will meet again today at the Tango Hall in Taj Fisherman’s Cove, which will be followed by delegation-level talks. Jinping will be heading to Kovalam from ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Guindy to meet PM Modi. As part of the security measures, the Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) has imposed restrictions on the movement of traffic along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), East Coast Road (ECR), Anna Salai, Sardar Patel Road, and GST Road in Chennai.
Traffic restrictions in Chennai on October 12
07:30 am to 2 pm: Vehicles proceeding towards the city along Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway/Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) will be diverted at Sholinganallur towards Perumbakkam.
7 am to 1:30 pm: Vehicles will be barred from entering Muttukadu at Akkarai junction on ECR.
Educational institutions, IT companies, commercial establishments and the general public who would be commuting in the above-mentioned routes have been advised by the city police to plan their trip to avoid traffic snarls and diversion