With less than a fortnight left for French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Chandigarh, a French delegation comprising 16 officials reached the city on Wednesday.
The delegation, during its two-day visit, will take stock of the preparations. On Wednesday, the delegation visited Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 and Government Museum in Sector 10, and on Thursday, it will visit Capitol Complex and Rock Garden. The UT administration officials also held a meeting to discuss the detailed programme pertaining to the visit.
Hollande is expected to arrive in Chandigarh on January 24. He is the chief guest for this year’s Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.
His flight will land at the Chandigarh International Airport directly from France, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to receive him at the airport. Chandigarh, first planned city in India, is known all over the world for the fine work of architecture by French architect Le Corbusier.
UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal will also take stock the preparations on Thursday.
He said the staff members had been asked to spruce up the places the President would visit. Hollande is expected to leave for Delhi on January 24 evening. The UT will likely sign a pact with the French government for developing Chandigarh as a smart city.