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Visakhapatnam: People flock to Beach Road to see presidential fleet review

Young people take selfies and ship formation videos and upload them to social media

Young people take selfies and ship formation videos and upload them to social media

A large number of people thronged Beach Road to get a view of the Presidential Fleet Review (PFR) proceedings, which were organized by the Indian Navy off the coast of Visakhapatnam, here on Monday.

Despite the sweltering heat, people gathered in the shade of the coconut trees planted along the beach to catch a glimpse of the presidential yacht sailing between the column of ships.

    A row of ships seen during the Presidential Fleet Review in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

A row of ships seen during the Presidential Fleet Review in Visakhapatnam on Monday. | Photo credit: KR Deepak

But that turned out to be a disappointing fare for many as they couldn’t get a clear view, due to heavy fog and mist over the bay. A number of photographers also lined up along Beach Road to capture the PFR in their lens. Elderly people and children were seen carrying binoculars to view the naval exercise, which was attended by more than 44 ships and submarines and more than 50 aircraft, including fighter jets.

Many visitors, who came to visit Visakhapatnam, also rushed to the beach from nearby hotels to watch the event. The youngsters took selfies and ship formation videos and uploaded them to social media. Several visitors thronged Beach Road waiting for an operational demonstration. But they came back disappointed, as the event is scheduled for February 27, as part of Milan – 2022.

Huge police forces were deployed along Beach Road from the Naval Coastal Battery (NCB) to Park Hotel Junction. Ranking ACP officers occupied Beach Road and did not allow visitors to enter the waters.

Ready

Beach Road is ready for the Operational Demonstration and the city parade which will be organized as part of Milan-2022 this Sunday.

Barricades are placed on the sidewalk, as well as on the beach, to restrict crowds inside the barricaded enclosures, as was last done at the International Fleet Review (IFR) in 2016.

A special glass enclosure is being built near the Viswa Priya reception hall for VVIPs. Senior police officers, members and dog teams have been seen carrying out checks on Beach Road since the morning. Most of the roads between NCB and Park Hotel Junction have been newly laid and greenery has been developed along the medians.


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