Delhi Police gear up for India Africa Forum Summit in Oct

 Senior policemen are geared up for the mega event and are sparing extra hours from their routine schedule for the Summit.

The five-day event will begin with consultations at the official level and is likely to see the heads of all 54 countries of the African Union attending with their entourage on October 29 with scheduled bilateral meetings taking place on October 30. 

The third IAFS is set to be the largest gathering of foreign leaders in India since the <g data-gr-id="32">Non Aligned</g> Summit in New Delhi in 1983 and the Commonwealth Summit the same year. This is going to be Modi government’s biggest diplomatic outreach involving delegates from a large number of African nations. According to a senior traffic police official: “A fool-proof traffic diversion plan has been made that will be implemented for five days. The affected routes will be Ashoka Road, KG Marg, Sikandara Road, Copernicus Marg, Firoz Shah Road, ITO, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Satyagrah Marg and Sachivalya Road.”

“Suites and rooms in 10 top hotels in Delhi have been booked and the routes from each hotel to the stadium venue have been chalked out. A convoy movement has been set from the hotels to the IGI Stadium. The diversions might affect commuters as the traffic is heavy on these routes,” a source added. 

He further added that these roads along with the adjacent roads will be barricaded and a  tight vigil with security checks and check-posts might hinder the normal routine of commuters.

The top honchos of Delhi Police are busy preparing presentations of their plans for the Summit and are likely to present it to Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi in the next couple of days. 

“New CCTV cameras have been installed in the routes and other vulnerable spots. <g data-gr-id="33">Also</g> a tight vigil will be kept using drones in the area,” the source said.

With 54 African Union leaders, plus the AU commissioner Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and their entourage, as well as their Indian counterparts and business delegations along with the media, the event will witness a gathering of more than 1,000 people. 

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