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PM Modi Regrets Inconvenience Caused To Chandigarh People During His Visit

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| September 11 , 2015 , 11:08 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to citizens in Chandigarh during his visit. Many Chandigarh residents were unable to cremate their dead during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi because a cremation ground was converted into a makeshift parking lot. Modi addressed a public rally in Sector 25 rally ground and handed over keys of newly built EWS (economically weaker section) flats to beneficiaries. Here is the full speech of PM Modi at the rally: Mourners headed to the cremation ground in Sector 25 on Friday morning were denied entry for security reasons and sent to another crematorium at Manimajra, said a Hindustan Times report. The Sector 25 cremation ground is next to the venue of Prime Minister's scheduled speech. Thus the cremation ground was converted into a makeshift parking lot for people attending the Prime Minister’s rally, local residents said. A senior officer of the Union Territory’s administration said residents had been told to delay the last rites of the dead “for a few hours”. He said mourners could cremate their dead after the Prime Minister left the venue of the rally. The restrictions evoked widespread condemnation from local residents, who accused the administration of harassing them. Tight security arrangements were put in place for the Prime Minister's visit. The Chandigarh Traffic Police ordered the diversion of traffic on key routes to be used by Modi's motorcade. Ambulances had to take longer routes to reach hospitals, including PGIMER. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new civil air terminal of Chandigarh airport on Friday. PM Modi went around the new civil terminal of the airport, accompanied by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher. The new terminal is likely to be used for international flights in the near future. The prime minister will also attend the convocation of the premier medical institution of north India, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), address a public rally in Sector 25 rally ground and hand over keys of newly built EWS (economically weaker section) flats to beneficiaries