Ahead of Bharatiya Janata Party' (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Bangalore on Sunday, the city is gearing up to receive him.
Modi is expected to arrive in Bangalore by 10 am.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made as over 5,000 police personnel are deployed to see through the rally without incidents at the Palace Grounds, where Modi will deliver his speech. The authorities expect that at least three lakh people will participate in the rally.
"Security arrangements are being carried out from past 10 days. We are not only working for the safety of the VIPs but also of the public. The entire venue is being checked thoroughly and sanitised. Anti-sabotage teams, which have come from 18 districts across the state, have been deployed at the venue. Ten ambulances and two fire engines will be placed at the Palace Grounds," said Raghavendra Auradkar, Police Commissioner of Bangalore, as quoted by Deccan Herald.
The Bangalore police force has set up checking points at various areas in the city, including malls, bus stands, railway station and other public places.
Police Personnel on Duty
10 Deputy Commissioners of Police
25 Assistant Commissioners of Police
250 Sub Inspectors
800 Home Guards
500 Civil Defence Personnel
1,200 officers from other states
Modi will be guarded by National Security Guards and a close protection team from Gujarat.
"There are barricades set up with the help of BJP workers. The space near the dais is called as 'No Man's Land' as no one is allowed to enter that particular space. There are several CCTV cameras set up to monitor the entire venue,' said Auradkar as quoted by Deccan Herald.
Traffic has been banned into the Palace Grounds on Sunday. Traffic will be restricted from 6 am to 10 pm. Public will be allowed into the venue from 9 am.
State BJP Preparations
Excited by Modi's visit to the city, the state BJP members are busy making arrangements to ensure the success of the event. Karnataka has been the only state in South India, where BJP ruled for five years between 2008 and 2013.
"Around 2,500 buses and small vehicles have been arranged to transport those wanting to participate in the rally from across the state. Also special trains, 10, have been reserved for the purpose," Prahlad Joshi, President of state BJP told reporters on Friday.
The trains have been booked from Hubli, Shimoga, Bagalkot, Bidar, Gulbarga and Belgaum. Marriage halls have been booked for the accommodation of the public travelling from other parts of the state.
Party workers from Shimoga, Udupi and Kolar will hold a bike rally and reach Bangalore on Sunday.
Pamphlets are being printed highlighting Modi's and National Democratic Alliance achievements. About 40 LCDs are being placed at various locations, where the public can hear Modi speak from remote locations.
Six huge kitchens are being set up to serve lunch and breakfast for the expected three lakh people at the rally.