‘Unprecedented’ security cover for Modi-Xi meet

ITC Grand Chola and Mamallapuram sites under watch

Updated - October 04, 2019 01:10 am IST

Published - October 04, 2019 01:07 am IST - CHENNAI

Security has been tightened at key monuments in Mamallapuram.

Security has been tightened at key monuments in Mamallapuram.

The Chennai police is gearing up to provide unprecedented security cover in the city ahead of the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held in Mamallapuram.

For the last few weeks, top officials from the police department, Central and State intelligence agencies and other government officials have been inspecting the town and holding regular meetings to evaluate security measures ahead of the high-profile summit.

“On Thursday, all police personnel who would be deployed for the bandobust duty were briefed by top police officers at the Office of Commissioner of Police.

“They have been instructed to be extra careful. An elaborate plan is on the cards,” a police officer said.

Mr. Modi is expected to reach the Chennai airport in the afternoon of October 11. He will fly in a special helicopter and land near Mamallapuram where he will stay at a star hotel. President Xi Jinping will stay at the ITC Grand Chola in Guindy for two days. He will reach the venue by road, the police said. Elaborate security arrangements will be in place around the hotel and roads which lead to the coastal town. The two leaders are likely to visit several monuments in Mamallapuram, including the Pancha Rathas, Shore Temple and Arjuna’s Penance.

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