Srinagar, July 4:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Friday morning on a day’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The prime minister’s special aircraft landed in the technical area of Jammu airport.
He was received by Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Minister for Higher Education Muhammad Akbar Lone, state Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, state police chief K. Rajendra Kumar and other senior officials.
National Security Advisor Ajeet Doval is accompanying Modi on his maiden visit to the state after he took over as the country’s prime minister.
He will fly in a helicopter to Katra town to inaugurate the 25 kilometre long rail link between the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine base camp town and Udhampur.
This rail link will connect the Katra base camp town directly with the rest of the country for the facility of millions of devotees who come to pay obeisance at the shrine every year.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh are already in Katra town to oversee the arrangements for the prime minister’s visit.
Modi will fly to summer capital Srinagar later in the day to address a Sainik Sammelan and a security review meeting at the Badami Bagh cantonment headquarters of army’s 15th corps.
He is also scheduled to inaugurate a 240 megawatt NHPC owned hydro-power project in Uri border town before concluding his day’s visit to the state.
Restrictions were imposed in some areas of summer capital Srinagar and senior separatist leaders were placed under house arrest Friday, a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives here on his maiden visit.
“Restrictions have been imposed in five police station areas of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal today (Friday) to maintain law and order in the city,” a police official told IANS here.
Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmad Shah have been placed under house arrest in Srinagar.
Separatists have called for a protest shutdown in the Valley Friday to coincide with the prime minister’s visit.
Shops, educational institutions, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley in response to the separatist call.
Banks, post offices and government offices, however, functioned normally in the Valley albeit with lesser attendance due to non-availability of public transport.
The prime minister arrives in winter capital Jammu from where he will take a helicopter ride to Katra town in Reasi district.
After inaugurating the 25 kilometre long rail link between Katra, the base town of Mata Vaishnoo Devi Shrine, and Udhampur town, Modi will fly to summer capital Srinagar.
Modi’s engagements in the Valley include addressing a Sainik Sammelan in Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar, chairing a high level security review meeting and a luncheon interaction with the state Governor N.N. Vohra.
In the afternoon, the Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the 240 megawatt NHPC hydro-power project near Uri town of north Kashmir Baramulla district.
The prime minister will fly back to New Delhi in the evening.