President Ram Nath Kovind is taking a train to his native village today
Ram Nath Kovind is the first president in 15 years to undertake a train journey.
President Ram Nath Kovind will on Friday embark on a journey to Kanpur on a special presidential train from Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi today.
Kovind is the first president in 15 years to undertake a train journey. The last time a president boarded a special train was in 2006 when APJ Abdul Kalam travelled from Delhi to Dehradun to attend the passing-out parade of the Indian Military Academy cadets.
President Kovind is visiting his birthplace, Paraunkh village in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat.
A Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said that the President would be taking a trip down the memory lane, covering seven decades of his life -- from his childhood to being at the top constitutional position in the country.
The statement informed that President Kovind is making two stop-overs at Jhinjhak and Rura of Kanpur Dehat, where he will interact with his old acquaintances from school days and from the early days of his social service. He will also be felicitated at the two stop-overs on June 27.
The following day, President Kovindn will once again board the train at the Kanpur Central railway station to travel to Lucknow for a two-day visit. Following this, the President will return to New Delhi on a special flight.
Four-Tier security arrangement
A four-tier security apparatus has been prepared for the President's journey. Government Railway Police, Railway Police Force, and police forces drawn from ten districts will be deployed.
Additionally, around 100 snipers and 80 special commandos have also been deployed.