‘Vibrant security for African Development Bank meetings’
AHMEDABAD: For the annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) – to be held in Mahatma Mandir from 22 to 26 May – Gandhinagar and the State Police have put in place the security arrangements put in place for the African Development Summit International investors Vibrant Gujarat 2017.
The state police have retained a number of Vibrant Summit security drills, including those related to the VVIP movement, the road inspection from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar and access control.
Sunday, Pradipsinh Jadeja, MoS (home); Geetha Johri, Responsible State DGP; Sanjeev Kumar, Secretary of Finance; And other senior officers of the IAS and the IPS examined the security arrangements at Mahatma Mandir.
Jadeja said that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure that delegates do not encounter any problems. “It is a prestigious event for Gujarat and India,” he said. “So many African dignitaries are taking part in the event, which will focus on Gujarat on the world stage. More than 3,000 police and personnel will be deployed.”
Jadeja said that four separate teams – one for the Raj Bhavan, traffic and parking arrangements, Mahatma Mandir and anti-agitation – were trained for the event. The whole route and place was covered with 300 CCTV cameras for which a control room was installed.
While the registration of participants and discussions will start on 22 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the meetings on 23 May. Officials said the road diversities and access to the site would be on the VGGIS lines.
Already Sunday, police in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad led a dress rehearsal for the convoy movement at the airport and the large hotels where dignitaries and participants remain. Provisions have also been made for security in hotels, officials said.