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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hoardings, banners along highways to come down

Security measures for BRICS discussed at review meeting; five air ambulances requested from Defence Ministry

PANJIM: Concerned over the security of the Heads of State and government, and the delegates, who will be arriving for the BRICS summit scheduled in Goa in October, the State government has decided to remove all hoardings and banners along the National Highways.

Speaking to the media after a review meeting to discuss preparations for the meeting, Parsekar said the members took stock of the preparations and certain important decisions were taken.
“The main decision was to remove all the hoardings and banners across the National Highways in view of the security of delegates,” Parsekar said. He further said there would be nearly 800 delegates participating in the summit from five nations.
“We have requested five air ambulances from the Defence Ministry during the summit but if they can’t be provided then we will hire from countries like Singapore, etc,” Parsekar stated.
For the event China and Russia are expected to send 300 delegates each. The 8th BRICS summit, is scheduled on October 15 and16.
According to State officials, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has communicated to Goa to anticipate about 800 to 900 delegates, comprising representatives from Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa and India for the two-day event.
Sources said a five-star hotel in Benaulim in South Goa has been finalised as the venue for the summit.
“Similar hotels close to the main venue have been booked by the MEA, and each member country will be allocated a major section of such a hotel that would house their leaders, accompanying colleagues and security officials,” sources said.
The runway in the civil enclave of the Indian Naval air station at Dabolim will receive direct flights of the foreign dignitaries.
“Basically, we are trying to get information on the number of aircraft that would land or if some of them would use hangar or airport-apron area to park overnight. As soon as their number and duration of stay is known to us, we will be able to make suitable arrangements,” an official from the Indian Navy said.
Recently, Parsekar said that besides the request for central forces as additional layer of security, he would also request for an air-ambulance service to meet any unforeseen incident during the summit.
Besides road infrastructure, the State will invest in beautification of places of interest and promote itself as a tourist destination during the summit. Parsekar said that BRICS is a prestigious event to be hosted and Goa Tourism would benefit immensely from it.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday held a review meeting to discuss preparations for the summit. Besides Parrikar and Parsekar, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar and MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar, Former Ambassador of India in Kabul  and currently Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs Amar Sinha , Maharshtra DGP Santosh Mathur, Addl CP Delhi Police T N Mohan, Goa Police DGP Dr Muktesh Chander, Principal Chief Engineer U P Parsekar,  GMC Dean Dr Pradip Naik,  Secretary GA Manoj K Sahoo, Secretaries to Government of Goa, Naval Officers, Heads of Departments, senior offices were present for the meeting.

Herald Goa News

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