PM Modi’s Visit to ISRO Bengaluru: Chandrayaan-3 Mission Update

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to return to India following his two-nation visit, and his first stop will be Bengaluru, Karnataka. The purpose of his visit is to meet with the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) who are deeply involved in the Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the visit is scheduled for August 26 at approximately 7:15 AM. During this visit, PM Modi will engage with the ISRO scientists working on the Chandrayaan-3 mission. The agenda includes interactions with the scientists, a comprehensive briefing on the mission’s progress and findings, and an exchange of insights.

Chandrayaan-3 Mission Progress

The Chandrayaan-3 lander named ‘Vikram’ successfully landed on the lunar South Pole after a 40-day journey through space. This historic achievement marked India as the first country to accomplish a soft landing in this uncharted territory.

Prime Minister Modi shared this moment by joining the live telecast of the Chandrayaan-3 landing from South Africa. He is slated to personally meet and extend his congratulations to the ISRO scientists on the following Saturday.

Mega Roadshow and Celebrations

As part of his Bengaluru visit, PM Modi will also lead a grand roadshow. The route of the roadshow is planned from Jalahalli Circle to the ISRO headquarters. R Ashoka, former deputy chief minister and BJP MLA, called upon the public and party members to participate in this roadshow, aiming to show appreciation to both the scientists and Prime Minister Modi.

The schedule for Prime Minister Modi’s visit includes his arrival at HAL at 5 AM, where a warm welcome awaits him. Party members and people from Bengaluru Urban District are particularly invited to join in the celebration.

Protocol Dispute Between BJP and Congress

Prior to the Prime Minister’s visit, a protocol disagreement emerged between the BJP and Congress. The provided list of dignitaries to receive PM Modi at the HAL airport, according to the PMO, excludes the Chief Minister and Governor. Only the Chief Secretary and DG are mentioned.

Sources from the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) expressed willingness to welcome the Prime Minister and accompany him to ISRO in line with protocol, if permitted. PM Modi himself referred to this protocol matter while addressing Bengaluru residents, mentioning that he had advised Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM DK Shivakumar not to be present for his reception.

Traffic Advisory and Security Measures

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Dayanand chaired a security meeting with Additional Police Commissioners, Joint Police Commissioners, and DCPs to discuss security arrangements. Upon landing at HAL airport, PM Modi’s route to ISRO will be by road. To facilitate this, traffic diversions in Bengaluru will be in effect, particularly along the designated road stretch.

The city’s police department announced a temporary ban on the movement of goods vehicles from 4 AM to 11 AM to ensure smooth travel during the Prime Minister’s visit.

(With inputs from IANS)

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