At the moment though, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would continue to use the old route and the police have been asked to suggest a separate route for the prime minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be getting a new route of travel to and from the New Delhi airport. Security agencies deployed at the prime minister's security are working on a different route because the ongoing construction by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has made the present route dangerous.
The need of a new route arose after the security agencies concluded that they can’t allow the prime minister to travel on a route where roads have been dug up. They felt it was not possible to sanitise everything on the old route that is mandatory according to the prime minister's security plan.
The major problem in mapping the new route is that the security agencies want to avoid the use of Ring Road as it can increase public inconvenience.
At the moment though, the prime minister would continue to use the old route and the police have been asked to suggest a separate route for the prime minister. The new route will be vetted by the Special Protection Group (SPG) and emphasis would be laid on not inconveniencing the public.
“To de-congest the airport route, NHAI has started work but now it has become a major headache as massive construction is going on just adjacent to the PM’s route. This route is now more vulnerable from security point of view. A new route may be planned soon for fool proof security,” a senior government official said.
NHAI is widening the NH-8 to decongest the airport route. “Once the construction and improvement of the Dhaula Kuan Airport Corridor is completed, there will not be any congestion in the Dhaula Kuan-Airport Corridor. We have already restricted working hours available for construction, due to security concerns but we are not aware about any security issue due to ongoing work,” a NHAI official associated with the project told MyNation on the condition of anonymity.
Sources claim that there is a threat of anti-national terror outfits targeting the prime minister with heavy vehicle or explode oil tankers. It is mandatory to remove all heavy vehicles and oil tankers from the route the prime minister travels on, and also stop all construction work on that route.
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Last Updated Jul 30, 2018, 12:16 PM IST