Chennai: Prime Minister Modi reached Chennai from New Delhi on Friday. Modi was received at the airport by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam, ministers P. Thangamani, and others.
Modi reached Thiruvidanthai by helicopter from where he then travelled by road amidst tight security to reach the UNESCO heritage site Mahabalipuram.
Modi will stay in Mahabalipuram, while the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping will be staying in a hotel at Guindy in Chennai and will travel by road to the meeting venue.
Modi and Jinping will visit the shore temple, Arjuna’s penance and five rathas, in the evening. A cultural programme will be performed by the Kalakshetra troupe and Modi will host dinner.
Late last night, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visited Mahabalipuram and inspected the arrangements being made for the summit.
Mr Palaniswami also held discussions with officials about the steps being taken for the event.
All the famous tourist spots are under tight vigil. It is said that more than 500 police personnel have been deployed as precautionary measures.
CCTV cameras have been installed at strategic locations for round-the-clock surveillance.
Every vehicle entering and leaving the place is being subjected to police checks.
Hotels and resorts have been advised to rent rooms only to those who have proper documents. Residents also have been asked not to entertain any outsiders in their homes.