Roads leading to Taj to remain close during Obama`s visit

All roads close to the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel, where US President Barack Obama will be staying during his visit to the financial capital, will remain closed for public for two days.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 23:33 PM IST

Mumbai: All roads close to the iconic Taj
Mahal Hotel, where US President Barack Obama will be staying
during his visit to the financial capital, will remain closed
for public for two days.

"Obama will be in the city on November 6 and 7. We have
made adequate security arrangements for Obama, a world leader
who has a high threat perception," Joint Police Commissioner
(Law & Order) Rajnish Seth said today.
The roads connecting the Taj hotel, booked entirely for
the US President, will be closed for two days, he said.

"We have made appropriate arrangements to ensure minimal
inconvenience to the people living in residential buildings
very close to Taj area. Passes have been issued to car owners.
Over 500 passes have been issued so far," he said.

He said roads to be used for the President`s convoy, will
not be available for regular vehicular movements till the time
the entourage passes off.

On the US security officials taking over charge of the
hotels and venues, Seth said, "Obama`s security rests in the
hands of Mumbai police. It is not appropriate to say that they
have taken over the entire charge."

Asked if Obama would fly to Taj from the airport or take
a road route, he said, "There are lots of speculations.
Arrangements have been made for both, road route as well as
air way, and a chopper has been stationed at the airport. The
decision in this regards is yet to be taken."

Stating there would not be any problem to the public
during Diwali celebrations, Seth said, "bursting of crackers
near Taj Hotel and Gateway of India will not be allowed. For
two days, nobody would be allowed to go to Gateway of India
during the Obama`s visit."
Except for the shops in the close vicinity of Taj, other
shops would be allowed to remain open, Seth added.

The Maharashtra police`s elite forces, Force One, Quick
Response Teams are a part of the security apparatus, he said
refusing to divulge total number of security men roped in.

Details of the roads where the restrictions would be
imposed would be issued soon, he said.

PTI