President Droupadi Murmu to visit Hyderabad for annual sojourn

During the annual southern sojourn, the President stays at the Rashtrapati Nilayam in Hyderabad, one of the Presidential Retreats.

ByPTI

Published Dec 14, 2023 | 12:34 PMUpdatedDec 14, 2023 | 12:34 PM

President Droupadi Murmu in Hyderabad on 26 December for five-day southern sojourn.

President Droupadi Murmu would visit Hyderabad for five days from 18 December as part of the President’s annual southern sojourn.

Telangana government Chief Secretary A Santhi Kumari, who held a meeting with officials, instructed them to ensure coordination and make elaborate arrangements in a befitting manner for the President’s visit, a state government release said.

“The President will visit Hyderabad on the 18th of this month as part of the annual visit to the city. She will be in Hyderabad for five days and leave on the 23rd of this month,” it said.

The police department was told to make adequate security, traffic and bandobust arrangements.

The Health, Roads and Buildings, municipal, energy and other departments were directed to make foolproof arrangements as per the “blue book”, it said.

State DGP Ravi Gupta, Special Chief Secretary Sunil Sharma and other senior officials attended the meeting, the release added.

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Southern sojourn

During the annual southern sojourn, the President stays at the Rashtrapati Nilayam in Hyderabad, one of the Presidential Retreats.

The location of ‘The Retreat Building’ in Shimla and the ‘Rashtrapati Nilayam’ in Hyderabad are indicative of the integrative role of the Office of the President of India in our country.

These locations, one in the north and another in the south symbolise the unity of the country and the unity of the diverse cultures and people.

Located at Bolarum in the city, the Rashtrapati Nilayam building was taken over from the Nizam of Hyderabad after India attained independence and handed it over to the President’s Secretariat.

Constructed in 1860, this building has a total land area of 90 acres. A single-storied building, it contains in its premises 11 rooms.
It also has a Dining Hall, Cinema Hall, Darbar Hall, and Dining room, among others.

The President of India visits the Rashtrapati Nilayam and stays there at least once a year and conducts official business from the Nilayam.

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