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Ahead of PM Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump's visit, Hyderabad to Turn Into a Fortress

The officials of US Secret Service, Special Protection group (SPG) and Telangana State Police, after a several rounds of meetings, have finalized the security set up in Hyderabad during PM Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump's visit.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:November 24, 2017, 2:50 PM IST
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Ahead of PM Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump's visit, Hyderabad to Turn Into a Fortress
File photo of Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of US President Donald Trump (Image: Reuters)
Hyderabad: The city of Hyderabad will turn into a fortress ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump's visit for Global Entrepreneurship Summit from November 28 to 30.

The officials of US Secret Service, Special Protection group (SPG) and Telangana State Police, after a several rounds of meetings, have finalized the security set up.

According to senior police officials, there is no specific security threat but the police are on "high alert" in view of the threat perceptions with regard to the VVIP's visiting the city.

Daughter & advisor to US President Donald Trump, Ivanka, will travel within the city in her special bullet proof vehicle and her proximity security will be taken care by the US Secret Service.

Over 15,000 security personnel of the Telangana police will be deployed across the city to ensure the event goes peacefully. Control rooms have been set up to monitor every activity in the city.

Apart from the main event at HICC in Madhapur area of Cyberabad, massive security arrangements have been made for two important state dinners which will be held at iconic Taj Falaknuma Palace and Golconda Fort.

Over 2200 security officials and 150 CCTV cameras, in addition to existing, have been specially installed at the venues to ensure foolproof security.

The first dinner will be hosted by the Prime Minister for Ivanka Trump and nearly 2000 delegates at the Taj Falaknuma Palace on November 28th.

The biggest challenge for the security agencies is to transfer the guests from the GES venue to the Taj Falaknuma palace which is 34 km away in the old city area of Hyderabad.

Considering the sensitivity of the area, extra precautions and additional security arrangement have been made for the program. For past many days, police is conducting cordon and search operations and sanitizing approach roads to the palace. The police have even told locals not to allow any stranger in their house during this period.

The program at Falaknuma Palace will take place between 8pm to 10 pm.

Speaking to media, VV Srinivas Rao, Hyderabad Police Commissioner said, "Special arrangements have been made to take the delegates to venues for dinner. There are 45 buses and in batches guests will be taken to ensure hassle free movement."

Modi will reach Hyderabad on November 28th afternoon, and first proceed to inaugurate the Hyderabad Metro Rail.

After attending inaugural plenary session of Global Entrepreneurship Summit at 5 pm and dinner at Falaknuma Palace, he will leave for Delhi the same night.

The second dinner will be hosted by the Telangana Government at the Golconda Fort, 10 km from the venue on November 29th.

The program will take place at the Rani Mahal, which will showcase the heritage of Telangana and delegates will get a taste of Indian hospitality and culture.

"During the movement, there will be certain traffic restrictions and advisories issued. Some inconvenience to the local public will be there but we hope people will understand and extend their full support during this big event in their city", VV Srinivas Rao, CP Hyderabad added.

Ivanka will not be attending the dinner at Golconda Fort, as she scheduled to leave by November 29 evening. But it is likely that she visits the historic Golconda Fort in afternoon before she leaves India.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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