Elaborate security arrangements are being made in Coimbatore ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Isha Yoga Centre on February 24 (Friday).

Senior police officers J.K. Tripathi, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), and S. Davidson Devasirvatham, Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) on Wednesday reviewed security arrangements at Isha Yoga Centre where Mr. Modi will attend the consecration of Lord Shiva idol.

The police said that IAF choppers from Sulur Air Base took rehearsal flights to the helipad near Isha Yoga Centre. According to police, Mr. Modi will arrive Sulur Air Base on Friday evening and leave for Isha Yoga Centre in a chopper. Additional number of police will be deployed at Isha Yoga Centre, near Sulur Air Base and Coimbatore International Airport.

Coimbatore Medical College authorities said that four emergency medical teams have been formed for the visit of the Prime Minister. A meeting of senior officials from various departments including police, health, and highways were also held on Wednesday.

The police have announced traffic regulation on Friday in view of the transit of senior political leaders Central and State ministers from Coimbatore International Airport to Isha Yoga Centre. The restrictions will be in place on Avinashi Road from airport to Sugam bypass, followed by Ukkadam, Perur bypass road up to Selvapuram Government Higher Secondary School, Sivalaya junction at Selvapuram to Isha Yoga Centre. Parking of vehicles on the sides of roads will not be allowed on Ukkadam link road – Perur bypass, and Sivalaya junction – Thelungupalayam pirivu.

Heavy duty vehicles will not be allowed on these roads from 8 a.m to 9 p.m. on Friday. Instead, such vehicles can be plied on L and T bypass, Padannur-Nanjundapuram road.

Answering to allegations made to Isha foundation, in a blog post on February 18, Isha Foundation, had said, “We have obtained the approval of the necessary authorities, including the District Collector, Coimbatore, the Forest Department and BSNL.

A structural stability certificate from a government certified engineer has also been obtained for the 112-ft Adiyogi statue. A “No Objection Certificate” from the District Collector, Coimbatore, for using wetlands for non-agricultural purposes has also been obtained. So the question of violation does not even arise.”