JANAKPURDHAM, May 1: Security has been beefed up and preparations intensified as the date for Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi's visit to Janakpur is just around the corner. Modi is scheduled to visit the Ram Janaki Temple in Kanakpur on May 11.
Janakpur's Mayor Lal Kishwor Sah informed that Indian PM Modi will visit the Ram Janaki Temple at around 9 o' clock in the morning. All local and government authorities have been actively involved in making necessary preparations for the anticipated visit of Modi. A committee has been formed under the coordination of chief minister of the province to welcome India PM Modi.
Various committees such as Stage Management Committee under the leadership of Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Development, Jitendra Sonal; Finance Management Committee under the leadership of Minister for Financial Affairs as well as the spokesperson of the province Bijay Kumar Yadav; and Security Management Sub-committee led by Minister for Internal Affairs and Law, Gyanendra Kumar Yadav have been formed considering the visit of PM Modi.
Likewise, there are several other committees which will look after various aspects of the visit.
The Indian PM will participate in a Puja at the Ram Janaki Temple. "At first, he will take part in Puja at the Ram Janaki Temple and then will join a public felicitation program at Bahrabigha ground," said Minister Sonal, adding, "He might speak at the event but that is yet to be confirmed."
The areas around the Ram Janaki Temple and Bahrabigha ground have been kept under strict inspection and monitoring.
On Monday, Chief Minister Lal Babu Raut and various other members of the cabinet inspected the security condition of Janakpur. The team has instructed the local authorities to make sure that heavy rainfall won't affect the program. Chief Minister Raut has urged the local authorities to repair and maintain the road to the temple and also manage parking facility. Besides that, he also directed the responsible authorities to manage vendors and local shops.
"It's the first time when a high profile person like Indian Prime Minister Modi is visiting Nepal after the federal restructuring," said Chief Minister Raut, adding, "His visit is a matter of opportunity for us but it's a challenge too."
Janakpur sub-metropolis has announced to build walls around Bahrabigha ground and paint all the structures and houses in between the ground and the temple in golden color.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Hari Bhakta Prajapati, who is the acting chief of the Provincial Police Office, informed that security has been tightened in Janakpur considering the visit of PM Modi.
"We have mobilized more number of security personnel in the areas which are sensitive," said SSP Prajapati, adding,"We have been working to create a favorable environment for the Indian PM's visit."
He also informed that discussions are being held with the Security Coordination Committee to seal the border for one day during Modi's visit.