No mobile service in Taj city during Obama' s visit

Agra, January 23 (IANS) People in Agra would not be able to use their cell phones for three hours Tuesday when US President Barack Obama comes contacting.

The Uttar Pradesh government has worked out a security policy for the visit and sent the top officials to the city to work along with US security officials to oversee arrangements and plug gaps, in case any.

The entire stretch out from Delhi to Agra might remain under high alert January 27 and for three hours people would not be able to use their cell phones in the vicinity of the Taj Ganj area, the Mall road and the Fatehabad road as electronic jammers will be in operation, officials said.

Late Thursday, Director General (Security) Gopal Gupta, who is the nodal officer for the visit, held comprehensive discussions with US security officials.

Additional Director General Mukul Goyal also conducted prolonged discussions with local police officials to draw up the road map for publishing police teams along the National Highway 2 and the Yamuna Expressway.

The two roads are already under intensive patrolling by the Provincial Equipped Constabulary and the Rapid Action Pressure.

The US security companies are not willing to take any chances, sources said.

The entire route from your Kheria airport to the eastern door of the Taj Mahal, and in the complex, would be under the direct guidance of the US commandos.

They would also be keeping an eye from your rooftops of hotels and houses in the Taj Ganj area.

The chief minister’s programme will be yet to be finalised but Governor Ram Naik would be in Agra early Jan 27.

Principal Secretary (Home) Devashish Panda and half a dozen other senior officials of the state government are arriving within Agra Saturday to take command from the situation.

Officials said schools in the area could be closed January 27.

The airport terminal to the Taj stretch of street, roughly 12 km, would stay out of bounds for the locals two hrs before and after the visit, traffic law enforcement said.

The US team has identified eight escape ways through satellite imagery, in case of emergency. These roads would be devoid of human beings for a similar duration.

All buildings along these ways have been identified and listed. The particular commandos posted there would ensure that the people are not permitted even to spread out their windows.

A senior police official told IANS that there would be close to four dozen vehicles in the US president’s convoy. Obama would be travelling in his bullet plus mine-proof limousine – the Beast.

The sources said the third advance party of the US security team would Friday appear for another rehearsal from the Kheria airport terminal gate to the Taj Mahal.

Special permission is being sought to allow the vehicles to enter the Taj Mahal’s eastern gate. A Supreme Court order had aimed people to get down at the Shilpgram complex, 500 metres away, plus board an electric vehicle to the entry gate.

American doctors would Friday visit the local Sarojini Naidu Medical College to have a consider the trauma centre and other facilities.

Chief medical officer H. S. Danu said all preparations, including the critical care ambulance, were in place.

The Archaeological Survey of India Friday began cleaning the gardens and the entire complex. The ramp will be provided a fresh coat of paint.


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Agra, Jan 23 (IANS) People in Agra would not be able to use their mobile phones for three hrs Tuesday when US President Barack Obama comes calling.

The Uttar Pradesh government worked out a security plan for the check out and sent its top officials to the city to work along with US safety officials to oversee arrangements plus plug gaps, if any.

The entire stretch from Delhi to Agra would remain under high alert Jan 27 and for three hours people would not be able to use their mobile phones in the vicinity of the particular Taj Ganj area, the Mall road and the Fatehabad road because electronic jammers would be in operation, officials said.

Late Thurs, Director General (Security) Gopal Gupta, who is the nodal officer for your visit, held detailed discussions with US security officials.

Additional Director General Mukul Goyal also conducted prolonged discussions with local police officials to draw up the street map for posting police teams along the National Highway 2 as well as the Yamuna Expressway.

The two roads are already under intensive patrolling by the Provincial Armed Constabulary as well as the Rapid Action Force.

The US security agencies are not willing to get any chances, sources said.

The entire route from the Kheria airport terminal to the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal, and inside the complex, will be under the direct supervision of the US commandos.

They would become keeping an eye from the rooftops of hotels and houses in the Taj Ganj area.

The main minister’s programme is yet to be finalised but Governor Ram Naik would be in Agra early January 27.

Principal Secretary (Home) Devashish Panda and half a dozen other senior officials of the local government are arriving in Agra Sunday to take command of the situation.

Officials said schools in the area could be closed Jan 27.

The airport to the Taj stretch of road, roughly twelve km, would remain out of bounds for your locals two hours before and after the particular visit, traffic police said.

The US team has identified eight escape routes through satellite television imagery, in case of emergency. These streets would be devoid of humans for a comparable duration.

All structures along these routes have been identified and listed. The commandos submitted there would ensure that the people aren’t permitted even to open their home windows.

A senior law enforcement official told IANS that there will be close to four dozen vehicles in america president’s convoy. Obama would be venturing in his bullet and mine-proof limo – the Beast.

The sources said the third progress party of the US security team would Friday arrive for another wedding rehearsal from the Kheria airport gate towards the Taj Mahal.

Special permission is being sought to allow the particular vehicles to enter the Taj Mahal’s eastern gate. A Supreme Courtroom order had directed people to get down at the Shilpgram complex, five hundred metres away, and board an electrical vehicle to the entry gate.

American doctors would Friday visit the local Sarojini Naidu Healthcare College to have a look at the trauma centre and other facilities.

Chief medical officer H. S. Danu said all arrangements, including the important care ambulance, were in place.

The Archaeological Survey of India Friday began cleaning the particular gardens and the entire complex. The particular ramp will be given a fresh coating of paint.

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