Agartala: Security has been beefed up across Tripura for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s December 18 visit to the northeastern state, where elections are due early next year, officials said.
West Tripura District Magistrate (DM) Debpriya Bardhan said the PM is expected to land at the Maharaja Bir Bikram airport at 2.25 pm and leave for Agartala’s Vivekananda Maidan, where he will address a rally amid tight security.
Bardhan said he would lay the foundation stones of several initiatives and inaugurate several projects, besides interacting with the beneficiaries of the central and state governments.
The DM said that special trains have been arranged to bring people from across the state to the rally.
Along with this, buses will also be installed to take the beneficiaries of government schemes to the public meeting.
Bardhan said that after the rally, Modi would go to the state guest house at around 4 pm.
BJP sources said that keeping in mind the assembly elections to be held next year, the PM will hold separate meetings of the state ministers and the BJP core committee.
The PM is scheduled to leave the state at 7.15 pm. The BJP government has urged central and state government officials in Agartala to attend the rally.
“We are expecting 72,000 beneficiaries to turn up at Vivekananda Maidan on December 18. The entire ground will be under CCTV surveillance,” he said.
West Tripura Superintendent of Police Shankar Debnath said the BSF has also been put on alert in view of the Prime Minister’s visit.
“BSF and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) are jointly patrolling the border areas,” Debnath said.
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Modi will visit Tripura and Meghalaya on Sunday and inaugurate and lay foundation stones for projects worth over Rs 6,800 crore. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that the projects cover a range of sectors including housing, roads, agriculture, telecom, IT, tourism and hospitality. Modi will also participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the North Eastern Council and attend its meeting in Shillong.
A spawn laboratory at the Mushroom Development Center and an Integrated Beekeeping Development Center will also be inaugurated by him in Meghalaya. In Tripura, Modi will launch projects worth over Rs 4,350 crore.
With a focus on improving road connectivity, the Prime Minister will inaugurate a project for widening of the Agartala Bypass (Khairpur-Amtali) NH-08, which will help ease traffic congestion in Agartala city. He will also lay the foundation stone for improvement of 32 roads of over 230 km length and 112 roads covering a distance of over 540 km under PMGSY III (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana).
Both the states are heading towards assembly elections, which are likely to be held in February. While the BJP is in power in Tripura, it is working to increase its strength in Meghalaya.
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