Amitava Banerjee, HT, 9 Jul 2016, DARJEELING: President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Darjeeling could run into rough weather. With incessant rainfall continuing in the Queen of the Hills, the district administration and other government agencies have readied a backup plan in case the President cannot fly to Darjeeling from Bagdogra by helicopter owing to the inclement weather.
Interestingly the official state car in which the President travels is a black Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard. It is custom built and heavily armoured. The President’s cavalcade usually consists of the official state car, a backup car which is also a Mercedes-Benz, a white Mercedes- Benz ambulance and Tata Safari SUV.
Arrangements are on in full swing for the President’s visit. The President accompanied by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathy will be arriving on 12 and departing on July 15. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be arriving on July 11 and departing on July 15. She will be present at the Lebong helipad, to welcome the President on July 12. “All security arrangement has been made. The President is a Blue Book (security guidelines for VIPs and VVIPs) protectee and arrangements have been made accordingly,” added Darjeeling SP Amit P Javalgi.