Unprecedented security arrangements in place for Obama's India visit
US President Barack Obama will be on a three-day visit to India starting from January 25th till 27th. Obama is chief guest on Republic Day this year. He is the first US President to be the chief guest at the Republic Day. Obama will be accompanied by his wife Michelle Obama during his India visit.
To ensure security of Obamas, Indian government has made unprecedented arrangements. There are intelligence inputs from various sources that terror groups may target India during Obama's visit to disturb the atmosphere.
President Obama will be traveling to India in his traditional Air Force One jetliner, which is one of the advanced flights. It has cutting edge technology like mid-air refueling. It is constructed to function as a mobile command centre for the President. As soon as the Boeing enters the Indian airspace, it will get priority over all other air-traffic.
But, the fog in Delhi could force Obama to land in another city, so the Mumbai International airport is being prepared for Air Force One.
The security guidelines mandate that US President should not spend more than 20 minutes at any open-air venue. But this time in India he will be spending around two-hours in open air watching the parade. A seven-layer security ring will be in place around the area from where the US and Indian leaders will watch the parade at Rajpath. There will be a total air closure during the parade, only the planes and choppers which belongs to Air Force will fly, and that too for traditional fly-past only.
The security alert, in fact, will not be limited to Delhi. Major ports around the country will be under high surveillance and the security at the border has also been increased to curb the infiltration of militants.
Apart from this the Delhi police is installing face-recognition cameras at the city's entry points and at the venue of Republic Day celebrations to identify anti-national or criminal elements. Cameras have been installed at airports, railway stations, bus stands and on all the routes leading to Rajpath.
According to sources nearly 40,000 security personnel, 15,000 more than the last time will be deployed for the Republic day event. All metro stations in the radius of one kilometre of Rajpath will be shut down on the morning of January 26.
A team of 25 US Secret Service agents arrived in New Delhi on last Friday to examine the security arrangements for the three-day visit of Obama.
Obamas will also be going to Agra by an unspecified Delhi-Agra route to visit iconic Taj Mahal. The highway will then be closed for normal traffic and security personnel will line up the highway to bar access to the highway.
The Archaeological Survey of India and police officers will be discussing measures to sanitise the tourist city, Agra. The owners of all the hotels in the city have been asked for every detail about their employees. Over 100 new CCTV cameras have been installed across the city and a team of 60 doctors have been listed to be on duty during the US President's stay in Agra.