Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar gear up to welcome Chinese President

He will be accompanied by a delegation of around 120 persons, including Chinese officials and businessmen.

Written by RITU SHARMA , Parimal A Dabhi , Hiral Devrajbhai Dave | Ahmedabad/gandhinagar | Published: September 11, 2014 4:02 am

Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar roads will be recarpeted to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will visit Gujarat with a business delegation on September 17. The two cities will be under heavy security as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here a day before on September 16.

The Vastrapur lake and other areas surrounding The Hyatt, where Jinping will stay and also meet Modi and chief minister Anandiben Patel, are likely to be completely cordoned off for two days from September 16.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is all set to undertake civic preparations from re-carpeting of roads around the five-star hotel in Vastrapur area, taking care of stray cattle on the roads and ensuring no vendor or hawker is seen around the venue during the stay. “We have received communication of the visit on September 17. However, final instructions is expected to come from the state government by Thursday. Roads would be re-carpeted a day or two ahead of this visit as due to recent heavy rains they are in a very bad condition. Owing to security purposes, the vendors and hawkers around Vastrapur lake would not be allowed during the visit,” confirmed a senior AMC official associated with the preparations.

The general administration and home department, guided by external affairs ministry and PMO, has been working with local administration in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar to ensure no untoward incident takes place. “Be it dogs or stray cattle, nothing should come in the routes of the convoys of the PM and the Chinese President,” said a top official who is handling the coordination.

The residents of societies surrounding the Vastrapur lake have been instructed by the local police to not rent out their premises to new tenants from this Wednesday for security reasons. While the itineraries and all other arrangements are likely to be finalised on September 12, officials maintained that not just vendors but shops and possibly even one of the biggest malls of Ahmedabad in Vastrapur area might have to close shutters. “Initial instructions are for  almost completely restricted movement in the area, including no open shops and no vendors. But final details are being worked out,” the official said.

As Jinping will be accompanied by high-level business delegation, the state is also expecting the presence of Indian industry captains. Also on the cards are inking of a couple of big MoUs.

Jinping will visit Gandhi Ashram on the Ashram Road and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. Sources in the state government said that the Chinese President will come in the second half of the day and will spend around 7-8 hours here. He will be accompanied by a delegation of around 120 persons, including Chinese officials and businessmen. A senior official said Jinping is likely to leave Gujarat late in the evening on September 17.

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