In view of the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening, the Delhi traffic police issued an advisory stating that the movement of general public will be closed at Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and adjoining areas between 4 pm and 9 pm.

As a number of Heads of States, Heads of Governments, diplomats and poitical leaders are scheduled to attend the ceremony, elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the function.

The roads closed for movement of general public include Rajpath (from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan), Vijay Chowk and adjoining areas including North and South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara Shikoh Road and Church Road.

In addition, necessary traffic diversions will be given on Akbar Road, Rajpath, Teen Murti Marg, Krishna Menon Marg, Pandit Pant Marg, Talkatora Road, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, Tyagaraj Marg, S.P Marg, Khushak Marg, K. Kamaraj Marg, Rajaji Marg, Shanti Path, Raisina Road and Moti Lal Nehru Marg.

A multi-layered security arrangement will be in place in the city on Thursday, with deployment of around 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces on account of the swearing-in ceremony which will be attended by foreign dignitaries and chief ministers and governors of several states among others.

Quick Response Teams have been deployed at several crucial spots. Snipers have also been deployed atop several important buildings as Narendra Modi visited Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi and National War Memorial on Thursday to pay homage.

“Over 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed on account of the swearing-in-ceremony,” the official said. Another police official said over 2,000 security personnel will also be deployed along the route to be taken by Modi and other foreign dignitaries.

A highest ever 8,000 guests, including VVIPs, will attend the swearing-in ceremony of PM Narendra Modi and his council of ministers.

Rashtrapati Bhavan kitchen’s speciality ‘Dal Raisina’ will be served to foreign delegates in a dinner to be hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind to dignitaries after the function.

The swearing-in ceremony will be of about 90 minutes and after that a dinner will be served to around 40 dignitaries, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and the prime minister, besides leaders of all BIMSTEC countries, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Ashok Malik said Wednesday.

“This is for the first time that 8,000 guests will be attending the swearing-in ceremony that will be held from 7 pm to 8.30 pm on Thursday,” Malik said.He said it will be the biggest event held in Rashtrapati Bhavan. About 4,500-5,000 guests have attended such ceremonies earlier.

On May 23, results of the Lok Sabha Election 2019 were declared, giving BJP a historic mandate to return to power with full majority. While the BJP bagged 303 seats, the party-led National Democratic Alliance won 352 of the total 542 seats that went to polls.