In a run-up to BRICS-2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Goa in September to take stock of the summit’s preparations, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Tuesday. “In the midst of his visit to lay foundation stone to the second airport at Mopa – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review BRICS preparation,” he said.
Assuring that that state was ready to host the five-nation event, Parsekar said that the BRICS-2016 is likely to be scheduled in south-Goa district. “The security to the visiting dignitaries will be beefed-up. Alongside the state police, we will request the Union Government to provide central forces for additional man-power,” he said elaborating on the arrangement of guest accommodation, and hospitals in case of emergency like situation.
In the wake of protest threats issued by various groups of fishermen, Medium of Instruction (FORCE and BBSM) to assert their demand, the state police is likely to upgrade its prowess. In its website last week, the Goa police has e-tendered 1000 riot-gear equipment for upgrading its force against any untoward incident or protests. “We will also request Union government to deploy air ambulance service during the period of the summit,” Parsekar said.
Scheduled at the onset of tourist season (October), Parsekar said that BRICS summit will provide obvious opportunity for the state to pose itself as the tourist destination without any untoward expense of publicity.