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PM Modi to visit Katra today, to inaugurate super speciality hospital, sports complex

India TV Politics Desk 19 Apr 2016, 8:34:39 IST
India TV Politics Desk

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Katra in Jammu and Kashmir today to address the convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. He will also inaugurate the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana super speciality Hospital, which has been set up by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

As per the schedule, a special plane carrying the Prime Minister will land at the technical area of Jammu airport at around 9.00 am. State Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, senior ministers of the PDP-BJP ruling coalition government and top army and civil administration officials will receive Modi here.

Modi will fly to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine base camp town of Katra in Reasi district along with Vohra and Mufti. He will address the convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University later in the day.

This is Modi's third visit to Katra shrine since he took office in May 2014. "I am looking forward to being in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow where I will attend a wide range of programmes and interact with citizens," Modi tweeted on Monday.

Dozens of specially trained commandos of the special protection group (SPG) are being deployed around the town. Management of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said the pilgrimage will continue uninterrupted during Modi's visit to Katra.

However, helicopter services carrying pilgrims from Katra town to the Trikuta Hills where the cave shrine is located will remain suspended as a security measure.