President of India, Droupadi Murmu’s maiden visit to Meghalaya from tomorrow is full of a series of significant engagements.
After her arrival at Tura tomorrow, the President will inaugurate the Meghalaya Games at the PA Sangma Stadium.
Traffic mock drills have been conducted in Tura today in accordance with the protocols for the President’s visit.
On January 16, she will address members of self-help groups at Baljek Airport in Tura to inspire and motivate grassroots-level change-makers. Thereafter, the president will be virtually laying the foundation stone for a state-of-the-art Integrated Administration Complex.
On the same day, Murmu will address a gathering in Mawphlang, a place renowned for its sacred grove. She will also virtually inaugurate several road infrastructure projects. These include the upgraded Rongjeng Mangsang Adokgre Road and Mairang Ranigodown Azra Road.
In a bid to bolster the State’s tourism sector, the president will lay the foundation stones for the Shillong Peak Ropeway and tourism facilities in the picturesque villages of Kongthong, Mawlyngngot, and Kudengrim.
In the evening, a grand civic reception awaits the president at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong, organised by the Meghalaya government to honour her historic visit.
In preparation for the arrival of the President of India, Meghalaya Governor Phagu Chauhan today personally inspected all departments of Raj Bhavan here.
The exercise was undertaken with the aim of ensuring a smooth and comfortable stay of the President, who will be visiting Shillong on January 16.
Officers and staff of the Raj Bhavan have been working tirelessly, making elaborate arrangements to receive the President on her first visit to the State.
Meanwhile, elaborate arrangements were being made for the President’s visit on January 15 and 16. The roads on which she will travel were being repaired and the roadsides were being decked up.
Tight security will be ensured across Tura and Shillong during Murmu’s visit. People may have to face inconvenience as traffic restrictions will be in place in various parts of Tura and Shillong.
Vehicular movement on the road from the Hynniew Mer helipad to Shillong city will be stopped for 30 minutes prior to the arrival of the President.
In view of Murmu’s visit, the State police have urged people to avoid travelling to Mawphlang sacred grove.
On January 17, Murmu will attend the golden jubilee celebrations of the Karbi Youth Festival at Taralangso, Diphu, Assam.