In a major departure from the earlier traditions, President of India Ram Nath Kovind during his visit to this pilgrim city on Saturday will stay in the special circuit house instead of Governor house (Raj Bhavan), which has been declared unsafe by the state works department.
Spread over in over ten Acres of land close to the Puri sea beach the Governor house in Puri was constructed in 1913.It has the facilities for security and ministerial staff office buildings and has become a heritage site.
Since British raj ,Governors of Bihar, Bengal and Odisha used to stay here, and after independence Presidents of India also used this facility during their visit to Puri.
President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit Puri on Saturday evening and would spend the night here.
A high level official meeting as convened by the District Magistrate Arabind Agarwal and the Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi to ensure president's visit went smoothly.
The meeting, which continued till late on Monday nighy, decided to house the President in the new suits of the special circuit house as the executive engineer informed that the Raj Bhavan has been declared as unsafe.
The circuit house complex would be completely reserved from March 15 for the President, his staff and security personnel. This apart, the traffic along the Acharya Harihar square to Netaji square and road passes through the Raj Bhavan and Special Circuit house would be closed for public.
On Sunday morning at about 7.30 AM the President would visit Sri Jagannath temple to offer prayers to the presiding deities Lord Jagannath and his siblings Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.
The Temple Chief Administrator had organised a meeting of all concerned servitors to streamline the nitees to facilitate darshan of the deities by the President. His family priest has been instructed to guide him in the temple for darshan.
Later, the President would grace the centenary celebrations of Sadashiva Kendriya Sanskruta Sansthan. During his 45 minute stay the President would felicitate nine Sanskrit scholars for their invaluable contribution for enrichment and popularisation of Sanskrit language.
Apart from the President state governor S C Jameer, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Jual Oram and King of Puri Gajapati Dibyasingh Dev would participate in the celebration.
The Sanstahn is giving a face lift to its education complex to welcome the President. Many noted Sanskrit pundits across the country are expected to be present in the centenary celebrations, according to Atul Kumar Nanda, Principal of the Sansthan.
This would be the first visit of Mr. Kovind to Puri after assuming the office of President of India.
The district authority has made tight security arrangements during the visit of the President and no devotees will be allowed to enter in to the 12th century Jagannath temple during the visit.
State Director General of Police R P Sharma said full proof security arrangement will be made for the President at Special Circult house in Puri, and Ananda Bhawan in Cuttack, where the President will inaugurate a museum in memory of late Biju Patnaik, and also at the National Law University in Cuttack.
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