Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate his birthday in style by having dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Sabarmati riverfront gardens on September 17 evening.
Jinping’s visit will see some 120 business delegates which include Indian industry captains invited by the Gujarat government for a high-level meeting at The Hyatt where he will be putting up. These are businessmen with roots and interests in Gujarat, like Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Cyrus Mistry, Gautam Adani and Azim Premji.
“Chinese President will be accompanied by top businessmen from his country. The industry honchos from our country will also be present to sign MoUs,” said a Cabinet minister. “We have invited top corporate leaders who have significant business interest in Gujarat,” he further added.
Apart from setting up an industrial park in Sanand, with involvement of China Development Bank, three big MoUs, including one with Guangdong province, will be signed for bilateral development in industry, business, energy development, water resources management, environment conservation and cultural ties. And the MoU between Guangzhou and Ahmedabad city will target development of the two cities as sister-cities.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will design and install special hoardings welcoming the Chinese delegation in Mandarin with Jinping’s picture. “City of Ahmedabad welcomes his excellency President of People’s Republic of China” — is the content sent for final approval to be included in the hoardings that will be put up across the route starting from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport till The Hyatt and on the roads leading to the Sabarmati riverfront,” said a senior AMC official.
The AMC is building a special dome near the Lotus Pond on the Sabarmati riverfront garden under Subhash bridge for the dinner. “We do not have anything concrete yet regarding the Chinese President’s visit. We have not received any formal instructions from either the state or Union government,” stated a senior official from The Hyatt, unusually abuzz with activity with policemen and officials from the state government moving in and out of the hotel.
Meanwhile, authorities of the AlphaOne Mall, located adjacent to the hotel, said that the state government is assessing the 1,500 staff members (most of them are locals), and the 200 retailers who are operating at the mall. “Though we are yet to get any official directives, we are ready to shut the mall for a day or so as per the requirements of the security,” said Prodipta Sen, executive director, marketing, Alpha G. Corp, which owns the mall and the property of the hotel.
“We have about 160 odd CCTV cameras in the campus monitoring visitors’ movement. These include the infrared cameras most of which are meant for surveillance outside the mall,” said Sen about the mall which, on an average, sees 30,000 visitors on a weekday.
The AMC is in communication with the Chinese delegates who arrived from Delhi on Thursday at the hotel in Vastrapur. Since this involves an international protocol, approval is sought for both photographs to be used as well as content from the delegates of the Chinese embassy. “Apart from approval, the delegates are helping us as we don’t know Chinese language,” the official said.
Flags and banners will be put up on the 132-foot Ring Road, from airport to the Blind People’s Association (BPA) to The Hyatt.