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Goa set to host 900 delegates during BRICS summit

Besides improving the road infrastructure, the state will invest in beautification of places of interest and brand itself as travellers' destination to the leaders of the five nations.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji |
Updated: August 19, 2016 3:07:29 am
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (File Photo)

China and Russia are expected to send 300 delegates each for the 8th BRICS summit, which is scheduled to be held in Goa on October 15 and16, state Chief Secretary R K Srivastava told The Indian Express Thursday.

According to state officials, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has communicated to the host state to anticipate a total strength of 800 to 900 delegates, comprising representatives from Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa and India for the two-day event.

“Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has visited Delhi and apprised Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj about the state’s level of preparedness to host the event,” he said.

Besides road infrastructure, the state will invest in beautification of places of interest and promote itself as a tourist destination during the summit.

Sources said a five-star hotel in Benaulim in south Goa has been finalised as the venue for the summit.

“Similar hotels close to the main venue have been booked by the MEA, and each member country will be allocated a major section of such a hotel that would house their leaders, accompanying colleagues and security officials,” sources said.

The runway in the civil enclave of the Indian Naval air station at Dabolim will receive direct flights of the foreign dignitaries.

“Basically, we are trying to get information on the number of aircraft that would land or if some of them would use hangar or airport-apron area to park overnight. As soon as their number and duration of stay is known to us, we will be able to make suitable arrangements,” an official from the Indian Navy said.

Recently, CM Parsekar said that besides the request for central forces as additional layer of security, he would also request for an air-ambulance service to to meet any unforeseen incident during the summit.

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