Chennai, Mahabs get ready for Modi-Xi meet: Tight security, civic facelift & more

The Chennai and Kanchipuram police are gearing up to provide unprecedented security cover ahead of the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held in Mamallapuram.

While policemen are already involved in taking details of foreign tourists visiting Mamallapuram, the entire stretch of ECR and OMR have also been brought under tight vigil with multi level security. CCTV cameras have been installed in strategic locations for round-the-clock surveillance.

Clean up activity is being carried out in the entire stretch leading from the city to Mamallapuram in which Jinping will travel. Illegal hordings are being removed, patch works are being carried out on the roads and medians are getting a new coat of painting.

Representatives of the Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and other State agencies participated in a high-level meeting in Mamallapuram. Various measures, including coastal and air security are to be strengthened along the east coast.

About 200 homeless people, including Narikuravars, were temporarily relocarted 20 km away to Thirukazhukundram, Tiruporur and Kadambadi in Chengalpattu district.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in India for his second ‘informal’ meeting with PM Modi in the coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai.

The historical Buddhism connection is being capitalised well with statutes of Buddha seen at various vantage points in Mamallapuram, which is getting a major facelift with hundreds of workers toiling round-the-clock to ensure that the town is ready for the historic meeting between October 11 and 13.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami visited Mamallapuram on Wednesday and reviewed the preparations for the second informal meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping scheduled later this month.