Shimla, Sep 15
The city administration issued special prohibitory order on Tuesday in wake of upcoming visit of President of India Ramnath Kovind from Sep 16 to 19 restricting the movement of vehicles between Kennedy Chowk to Bioleauganj via Chaura Maidan.
A notification of this effect was issued by district Magistrate Aditya Negi released on Tuesday evening confirmed that leading to President of India visit here and to ensure the security and law and order during the visit it was necessary to restrict the above road as requested by SP Shimla.
The security have been beefed up in the town as number of police and paramilitary jawan were deputed along with weapons on the entire town specially on the Mall Road and Ridge .
DM said that in exercise of the power vested in him under sec 115 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 and all others powers enabling him in the behalf notify to restrict the road from Kennedy Chowk to Bioleauganj via Chaura maidan with effect from Sep; 16 to 19 during the visit of Prez of India for all the vehicles.
He further siad that all the vehicle of the local residents of the area subject to production of residence certificate, vehicle of the officials deployed in connection with above visit and emergency vehicles shall be exempted from the above restrictions.
On Tuesday a convoy of about 20 vehicles conducted a mock drill from Kennedy chowk to Rajbhavan restraining the commuters on the
Ridge and Mall road haphazardly, by deploying the traffic force. It is worthwhile to mention here that normally only few vehicles are allowed or permitted to mall road as the town was meant for pedasterain movement only.
Meanwhile the town which is currently witnessing heavy crowd of tourists and local remained crowded and congested is likely to cause
inconvenience to general public owing to beefing up of security and turning the town as a police security fort.
Now president of India is scheduled to arrive here on Sep 16 and as the President Helicopter along with his staff members would land at Anna-dale ground from where he would rush to Cecil hotel.
President is scheduled to address the Special session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly at 1100 hrs on Sep 17 and he likely to visit the
Rajbhavan in the evening as Governor of Himachal Pradesh would host dinner for him.
President of India also schedule to visit the Indian
Audit and accounts academy Yarrow near Chaura Maidan on Sep 18 to address the research fellow of academy and scheduled to return to New Delhi on Sep 19.
During last week as many as five staff members including manager of Rashtrapati Niwas Retreat were tested positive for the Novel Corona Virus forcing the administration and President security to shift his halt from Retreat to Oberoi Clarke hotel Cecil at Chauramadian.
Earlier President of India was schedule to arrive at Kalayani helipad near Charabra and scheduled to stay at The Retreat along with all staff
members. The president was likely to stay here till Sep 20 however due to the Covid pandemic and shifting of President stay to Cecil hotel, couple of formal assignments including hosting of high tea to the prominent citizen and media persons now stands cancelled .
State Administration is burning mid night burner to arrange the President visit to Shimla as he was invited by the speaker of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha to address the golden jubilee celebration at Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.
Ramnath Kovind cancelled his summer sojourn at Rashtrapati Niwas The Retreat owing to Covid situation last year and due to water crisia and
heavy rush of tourists in year 2018-19. During his past visit to The retreat Ramnath Kovid had also visited the Shimla water sanctuary showing keen interest in the Deodar forests along with the children.
Kovind also wrote a piece on the beauty of Shimla water sanctuary.