Mamallapuram under tight security ahead of Modi-Xi summit
Tamil Nadu

Mamallapuram under tight security ahead of Modi-Xi summit


Mamallapuram, a historic temple town close to Chennai, has been brought under a right security blanket ahead of a summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 11-12.

This will be there second meeting, They last met in Wuhan, China in 2018.

Though there is no official word yet, a series of measures have been taken ahead of the summit.

Tourists to Mamallapuram has been banned till further notice. All road side shops have been cleared in the town and cave sculptures have been given a fresh coat of painting.

During Xi visit, Chennai will be made a no fly zone for short spells.

Indian and Chinese security officials have already reviewed security at Mamallapuram.

The local police has got all details of residents of the town like aadhar and ration card and they have been advised to stay indoors during the summirt.

Modi and Xi are expected to hold four meetings lasting for a total of five hours.

The two leaders are expected to tour Mamallapuram for an hour and visit three monuments – Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and Shore Temple. A cultural programme and a private dinner will be organised at the Shore Temple. These monuments are also UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Mamallapuram has had a historical connection with China. The Pallavas, who ruled the region for a long time, had even sent envoys to China.

The two leaders will hold informal talks on Oct 12 at a five-star hotel overlooking the Bay of Bengal. They will again meet for lunch before the Chinese President departs from Chennai.

Tibetan residents in Chennai have been warned against  holding any demonstration against China.

According to reports, the two sides are likely to discuss issues relating to Ladakh, China’s 5G network policy, counter-terrorism and sustainable marine economy. They are also likely to discuss trade ties and stability at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) could be the focus areas of the summit.