“We are yet to get the exact number of his security personnel, but we expect that the number will be over 300,” another official said.
Officials said they have been communicating with US agencies regarding security arrangements but they were waiting for the arrival of US advance group.The security arrangements are expected to be more challenging this time compared to 2010 as Obama would be seated in the open on Rajpath for the Republic Day parade for more than an hour. Sources said that Rajpath will be closed for public from Jan 24 evening and government offices in the vicinity of Raisina Hill will be closed from Jan 23 till the end of Obama’s visit. Officials said that routes for Obama’s engagements during his two-day visit had been decided and these will be closely monitored by CCTV cameras. Security agencies have also worked on some alternate routes. They are also checking manholes and sewer lines on the routes likely to be taken by Obama.