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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Prez to visit TN on 3-day visit, tight security in place


 President Draupady Murmu will be arriving on

Saturday afternoon on a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

during which she will be attending the 165th Convocation of the Madras

University tomorrow after a visit to the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR).

Ms Murmu will arrive from Mysore by a special aircraft to Coimbatore

from where she will board a chopper and reach MTR in The Nilgiris

district by around 1530 hrs.

She is also expected to inter-act with the local people during her hour

long visit after which she will leave for Coimbatore airport by a chopper

and land in Chennai in the evening by a special aircraft.

Though the weekend will attract numerous visitors to the MTR and the

Theppakadu Elephant camp, they were banned in view of the President’s

visit for two days, dampening their hopes.

Upon reaching Chennai and after an overnight stay at Raj Bhavan,

Ms Murmu will attend the 165th Convocation of the University of

Madras on Sunday and will stay overnight at Raj Bhavan.

She will be leaving for Puducherry on Monday morning for an official

function after which she will be leaving for New Delhi from the Chennai

airport upon returning to the city.

During her visit to MTR, the President will visit the Theppakadu Elephant

Camp and meet the adivasi couple, Bomman and Bellie, who were featured

in the Oscar award-winning documentary “The Elephant Whisperers.”

More than 1,000 police personnel were deployed as part of security

arrangements following her visit, officials said.

Pathways were cleared, roads were relaid to ensure that the President’s

visit passed off without any hitch.

As part of protocol, a helicopter landing rehearsal was carried out at

the MTR inside the tiger reserve and the top district officials reviewed

the security arrangements made in connection with her visit.

Security arrangements have also been tightened in Chennai in view of

the President’s visit and police have intensified patrolling and had been

conducting regular checks at lodges and hotels.

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