Security Has Been Tightened In Srinagar Ahead Of The Historic G20 Meeting
May 22, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / World News
About 60 representatives from G20 member nations are in attendance for the summit in Srinagar. According to officials, Singapore is sending the most delegates to the event in Srinagar.
The third G20 tourism working group meeting will be held in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital city of Srinagar starting today under heavy security. This is the first major international event to take place in the area since the Centre removed Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood and withdrew its special status in August 2019.
Parts of the city of Srinagar and the roads leading to the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre, or SKICC, the location of the G20 conference, have received a sparkling renovation.
At the midway point of its G20 presidency, India has hosted 118 meetings, according to Harshavardhan Shingha, Chief Coordinator G20.
Compared to two prior tourist gatherings, he claimed that the Srinagar gathering had attracted the most attendees.
There are about 60 representatives in attendance from G20 member nations. According to officials, Singapore is sending the most delegates to the event in Srinagar.
The summit also includes representatives from nations who were invited as special guests.
China has voiced opposition to the G20 conference taking place in Kashmir, and Saudi Arabia has not registered for the gathering. Turkey seems to have made the decision not to attend the summit in Srinagar.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, stated on Friday that China “firmly opposes holding G20 meetings in any form in disputed areas and will not attend such meetings.”
India responded to the criticism by asserting that it is allowed to conduct gatherings on its own soil. It asserted that regular relations with China depend on there being peace and tranquilly on its border.
This was China’s first comment on the G20 summit in Srinagar to use such severe language.
Srinagar is protected by an unprecedented level of security in advance of the conference. The ground-to-air security cover includes the deployment of marine commandos and national security guards.
At key locations and sites, anti-drone units have been activated, and national security guards have been stationed.
In light of allegations that terrorists may attempt to disrupt the G20 event in Kashmir, thousands of soldiers from the Army, Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and Jammu and Kashmir Police are a part of the security grid.
vehicles advisories have been issued by the police, and the boulevard road in Srinagar will not be open to vehicles. The G20 delegates’ route is subject to traffic restrictions as well.
Shop owners in the Lal Chowk area have been given special credentials so they may maintain their businesses without encountering any issues.
Parts of Srinagar city and the road leading from the airport to the SKICC received a significant renovation before to the gathering.
Footpaths and roadways in Srinagar receive a makeover as part of the smart city initiative. In addition to the installation of concrete pathways along the Jhelum Riverfront, Poloview Market, one of Srinagar’s greatest shopping destinations, received a sparkling makeover. The market’s four-lane road connection has been shut down. The market is now tiled and solely open to pedestrians.
G20 delegates will also likely visit Poloview Market as part of the tourist itinerary, which has evolved into a picture-postcard representation of Srinagar’s smart city initiative.
According to officials, the G20 summit would increase tourism in Kashmir, which already attracts a lot of local and international visitors.
Jammu and Kashmir would see a boost in tourists and investments if the next G-20 tourism working group conference is a success, according to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday.
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