Tight security in Jammu Kashmir for PM's visit

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Chanderkot, Ramban, Oct 10: Tight security was put in place for the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, Oct 10 to commission the first phase of Baglihar hydro-electricity project on river Chenab.

Three-tier arrangement has been made for the security of the Prime Minister, who will commission the first phase of Jammu and Kashmir's first state-owned 900-MW Baglihar hydro-electricity project here, about 165 km north of Jammu.

Senior security officials are continuously monitoring the thickly forested Chanderkot area. The three tier cover has been put in place to thwart any terror threat during the high-profile visit, sources said.

''While Army troops are picketing the outer ring at mountain peaks, the inner circles have been sanitised by the police and paramilitary forces,'' sources said.

After landing at the Udhampur airbase, the Prime Minister is scheduled to reach Chanderkot by a chopper.

Dr Singh will also address a public gathering at the Chanderkot Guest House ground from where he will inaugurate the project by pressing a remote button, official sources said. The Prime Minister will later fly to Srinagar where he will flag off the first intra-Valley train.

The 900-MW power project on the Chenab river consists of two projects, 450 MW each.

Work on the Baglihar power project was started in 1999.

UNI

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