PANAJI: With President of India Droupadi Murmu’s visit to the coastal state, the Goa has turned into a fortress with men-in-uniform seen in every nook and corner of the city.
President Droupadi Murmu will arrive on a three-day visit to Goa on Tuesday to attend during which she will address members of the legislative assembly and also participate in the Goa University’s convocation ceremony.
The President will attend a civic event in the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday in addition to laying a wreath at the Martyr’s Memorial at Azad Maidan in the state capital of Panaji, according to the official.
Murmu will be present at the Goa University’s convocation ceremony on Wednesday in the Raj Bhavan’s Durbar Hall. Later on, she would interact with people from weak tribal communities in the coastal state.
On Thursday, Murmu will visit Fort Aguada, a 17th-century Portuguese structure in North Goa. She will also visit the Old Goa Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the 16th-century remains of Saint Francis Xavier. Murmu will also stop by the well-known Shantadurga temple in Ponda before returning to Delhi.
Due to restricted traffic movement caused by the President’s visit, the Goa police have urged travellers scheduled to fly from the Dabolim airport on Tuesday evening to arrive at the airport early.
“In view of the visit of President of India to Goa, those passengers who have to fly from Dabolim say at 5 pm/6 pm, and 7 pm they must reach the airport by 3.30 pm as traffic movement would be restricted after 3.45 pm on roads leading to Dabolim,” wrote State Director General of Police Jaspal Singh in a post on X on Monday.
Traffic flow would be affected on Tuesday on the stretches of National Highway 566 from Dabolim Airport to Verna, NH66 Verna to Bambolim, GMC to Dona Paula, Dona Paula to Miramar Circle, Miramar Circle to Bandodkar statue, the police said.