U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Mani Bhavan, a museum and research centre on Mahatma Gandhi here, on November 6 along with President Barack Obama.
“They will be here for 30-40 minutes, we think. We will gift them a few books,” said Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, executive secretary, Mani Bhavan. The museum will be closed for the public on November 5 and 6.
Security forces have already sealed a section of the library there. The entire area may be sanitised on November 5. The government is putting up a shamiana around the Mani Bhavan for security reasons. Residents are upset that they will not be able to see Mr. Obama.
As told by the police, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has chopped off coconuts and dry leaves from a tree in the vicinity of Mani Bhavan.
Official sources have said that Mr. Obama will be flown from the city's international airport to South Mumbai. The State administration has taken the decision considering security risk.
Soon after Mr. Obama lands on the international airport on November 6 morning, he will be flown by a chopper to INS Shikra, a naval base in South Mumbai. He will travel by road in his bulletproof car from INS Shikra to the Taj Hotel.
Senior officials said the Taj Hotel will be declared a no-fly zone on the two days of his visit.
Mr. Obama will stay on the sixth floor of the Taj Hotel and U.S. Secret Service agents will be put up on the fifth floor.