G20 Summit: While taking stock, Delhi LG with senior officers travel in minibus to avoid inconvenience to public

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NEW DELHI: As the G20 Summit in the national capital is a week away, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Sunday took stock of the preparations, under way for the mega event.

The LG inspected the preparations at the state-of-the-art Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan, where the G20 Summit will be hosted on September 9-10.

During the day, LG Saxena and Dr PK Mishra Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with all senior officers travelled by minibus to avoid inconvenience to the public.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Traffic Police conducted a full carcade rehearsal in the Shanti Van Chowk area. The two-day summit will draw leaders and delegates from 40 countries, including the 20 member states.

Meanwhile, to avoid any unfavourable incidents during the global event, the Bomb Squad of the National Security Guard (NSG) conducted on Saturday an anti-sabotage sweep at different locations in the national capital.

The Delhi Police, which started its preparations for the G20 Summit in earnest a few months ago, has been training personnel who are to be deployed at various locations ahead of and during the big-ticket summit.

The personnel are also being trained to deal with the fallout of possible hazards, including the use of chemical and biological weapons, and have been asked to focus on their soft skills.

The New Delhi G20 summit will see the “biggest participation” in the history of the grouping, with arrangements in place for the mega event, including those for the stay of leaders of member countries and the invited guest countries.

The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the US, the UK, and the European Union.

India has invited Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Spain, and the UAE as guest countries for the mega event. (ANI)

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