Mysuru is getting all decked up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city for two days, starting from Saturday evening.
The state official informed the media that the PM is visiting Mysuru for the first time to inaugurate the 103rd Indian Science Congress in the University of Mysore campus on Sunday.
As per schedule Modi would reach the city at Mandakalli airport around 5 p.m., Modi will drive to inaugurate a new hospital of Avadhoota Datta Peetam in the Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda ashram on the Mysuru-Nanjangud road.
Officials said that the Prime Minister is also expected to participate in the centenary celebrations of Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji (seer) of Suttur Mutt and address the gathering in the Maharaja College grounds in the city Centre. His stay overnight has been planned at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel.
“Though Modi last visited the city in April 2014 as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate during the general elections, he had come here four-five times in the past as Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader,” the official added.
The security has been tightened in and around the city. The venues he addresses and presents will be stepped up. Narendra Modi is also likely to flag off at Mansagangothri in the varsity campus in presence of top scientists, Nobel Laureates and hundreds of students.
“Vehicular traffic will be halted five minutes before the prime minister’s convoy passes along the routes to the function venues on both days,” said city’s Deputy Police Commissioner N.D. Birje.
Alternative routes and by-lanes have been marked out for motorists and commuters so as to avoid road blockade and delay in going around the city for sight-seeing. On Sunday, Modi would leave for Tumakuru district on Sunday afternoon for the ground-breaking ceremony of the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL’s) new helicopter unit at Nittur.
He is also likely to inaugurate the 21st international conference on a Frontiers of Yoga Research and its Applications’ at Jigani. The five-day conference, organized by the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-Vyasa Institute), will focus on integrated medicine to treat modern day ailments.