Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: In view of the visit of President, Governor and Chief Minister on February 24 (Saturday), the City Police have announced certain changes and diversions in the traffic pattern to be enforced on Saturday and Sunday.

A rehearsal for the VIP convoy and security arrangements will be on Friday at 4 p.m. on Avanashi Road between Circuit House and Airport and traffic will be diverted during the rehearsal. Public going to airport, railway station and bus stands are requested to cross Avanashi Road by 3 p.m. on Friday, a police release said.

The Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, would arrive at Peelamedu Airport on Saturday around 8.15 a.m. by aircraft and would then proceed to Hotel Residency on Avanashi Road. At 10 a.m., he would go through Avanashi Road to reach VOC Park ground for a function and then return to Hotel Residency. Around 2.30 p.m., he would leave for Bharathiar University via flyover, Brooke Bond Road and Marudhamalai Road. After the function, Mr. Karunanidhi would return to the Hotel and then leave for the airport around 7 p.m. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would arrive at Bharatiar University by helicopter from Udhagamandalam in the afternoon and after the function he would leave for SITRA via Marudhamalai Road and Avanashi Road near airport by road. Later, he would return to Circuit House in the night and would leave for Goa from Coimbatore on Sunday (February 25) morning.

Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore City, C.K. Gandhi Rajan in the release on traffic diversions said that vehicles entering the city on Avanashi Road would be diverted at the L&T bypass Road and they would have to take the Vellalore Road to reach Tiruchi Road. Light Motor Vehicles would be diverted via Veeriampalayam Road, Kalapatti Road to reach Sathyamangalam Road and then enter the city. Vehicles coming on Sathyamangalam Road would be diverted via Sanganur Road, Mettuppalayam Road and NSR Road to enter Coimbatore city via Thadagam Road. Vehicles on Sathyamangalam Road proceeding towards eastern side would be diverted via Kalapatti Road and Thottipalayam junction. Vehicles from Coimbatore city proceeding towards East would be diverted via 100-feet road, Ramakrishna Hospital to reach Sathyamangalam Road and then proceed via Kalapatti. Cargo and goods vehicles from Palakkad and Pollachi would be diverted via Podanur, Vellalore and L&T bypass road. All vehicles from city towards east would have to take the Tiruchi Road, Ramanathapuram, Singanallur and Irugur Road. Vehicles on Tiruchi Road should avoid entering Avanashi Road.Tight security cordon would be in place around the city from Friday.