Bhubaneswar: Odisha State administration has been warmed up to welcome the President of India Ram Nath Kovind in his two day visit to Odisha from December 7.

The chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, took a high level review meeting, here on Tuesday. Principal secretary home Sanjiv Chopra along with Director General of Police Satyajit Mohanty outlined the issues for discussion.

Various preparatory works relating to the President’s visit were chalked out and chief secretary Tripathy directed concerned departments to complete the preparations well before the scheduled time. Senior officers were given the charges of supervision and completion. Tripathy directed concerned departments to ensure error free arrangements on all fronts for smooth management of different programmes slated to be graced by the President.
Presenting the draft tour programme of the President, special secretary home Santosh Bala said that so far 2 public programmes have been slated for President of India. The President would arrive at Biju Patnaik International Airport ( BPIA), Bhubaneswar on 7th December around 7.30 PM and would proceed to Raj Bhawan, Bhubaneswar. He would make his night halt there. On the next day his Excellency would proceed towards Barunei in Khordha district around 9.30 AM. He will lay the foundation stone of the famous Paika Bidroha Memorial at Barunei Hill around 10.30 AM. There after President will proceed towards Utkal University to grace the closing ceremony of University’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration at around 12.40 PM. Subsequently His Excellency will proceed towards Raj Bhwan and there after will leave for Delhi from BPIA around 5 PM.
The issues relating to air craft, guard of honor, security arrangements, accommodation, carcade arrangements, transport arrangements, medical and health care for the VVIP party, uninterrupted power supply, hot line connectivity, barricading, construction of dais etc were discussed in the meeting.

Chief secretary Tripathy directed concerned departments to stay alert and keep strict vigil over the entire process meticulously so as to make the visit of the President free of any hitches and omissions. The authorities of the concerned institutions were advised to have regular liaison with home and police department regarding dais plan, regulation of crowd and gathering in meeting places.
Principal secretary home Sanjiv Chopra along with principal secretaries, secretaries and senior officers from home, police, intelligence and concerned departments participated in the discussion.