US to Spend $200 mn a Day on Obama's Mumbai Visit
Report; Posted on: 2010-11-03 16:47:32 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
The US would be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs. 900 crore approx) per day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city.
huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and
other aspects of the Presidential visit," a top official of the
Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile
About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents,
US government officials and journalists would accompany the President.
Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are
already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end
"Except for personnel providing immediate security to the President, the
US officials may not be allowed to carry weapons. The state police is
competent to take care of the security measures and they would be
piloting the Presidential convoy," the official said on condition of
Navy and Air Force has been asked by the state government to intensify
patrolling along the Mumbai coastline and its airspace during Obama's
stay. The city's airspace will be closed half-an-hour before the
President's arrival for all aircraft barring those carrying the US
The personnel from SRPF, Force One, besides the NSG
contingent stationed here would be roped in for the President's
security, the official said.
The area from Hotel Taj, where Obama
and his wife Michelle would stay, to Shikra helipad in Colaba would be
cordoned off completely during the movement of the President.
News Source: ndtv