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G20 meeting in Srinagar: Security tightened across Jammu and Kashmir

Security measures have been tightened in Srinagar ahead of the Third G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting today. The event will be held between May 22-24 and could witness more delegates coming than the prior two events.

Security personnel patrols the area during the high alert on the eve of the G20 summit, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Imran Nissar)Premium
Security personnel patrols the area during the high alert on the eve of the G20 summit, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Imran Nissar)

Security measures have been tightened in Srinagar ahead of the Third G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting. The meeting is expected to see more delegates participating compared to the last two times. The previous G20 Tourism Working Group meetings were held in Gujarat's Rann of Kutch and West Bengal's Siliguri.

Reportedly, a multi-year security apparatus has been put in place around the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) while Marine and NSG commandos have also been making drills around Srinagar for the past few days. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos have also been conducting mock drills since Friday. Marine commandos have also been deployed to ensure that water bodies around the meeting areas are secured

Talking about the security measures in Srinagar ahead of the G20 meeting, Additional Director General of Police Vijay Kumar said, “A three-tier security system is in place. We are also putting in place air anti-drone technology with the assistance of the NSG and Army, and for the water body — Dal Lake — we have the Marcos team in place in addition to the police,"

ADGP Kumar added that police, BSF, CRPF and SSB personnel have been deployed on the ground to ensure a peaceful event.

Third G20 Tourism Working Group meeting will be held between May 22 to May 24. The meeting will deliberate on five key priority areas, namely green tourism, digitalisation, skills, SMEs and destination management.

Tourism secretary Arvind Singh while speaking about the G20 event said, “This is the only working group meeting taking place in Srinagar as part of the G20 effort with excellent response from all the member countries, all the invited countries and the international organisations, having the highest participation registered compared to the first two Tourism Working Group Meetings at Rann of Kutch and Siliguri,"

Meanwhile, China has decided to boycott the planned G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Srinagar and Turkey could also miss the international event starting from today.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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Published: 22 May 2023, 07:27 AM IST
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