The UT administration is keen to make Chandigarh’s moniker — City Beautiful — make an everlasting impression on French President François Hollande.
To keep the ugly side of the city out of sight of the high-profile guest, a virtual wall has been created from the technical airport towards Hallomajra. Flowers have also been put up to give it an appearance of a clean and green city.
On the road leading to Zirakpur from THE Hallomajra light point, a wall of canes has come up to cover the slums.
From painting road outlines to putting up flowers of different varieties, the administration and the municipal corporation are busy sprucing up the city.
The road till The Tribune chowk has also been spruced up and flowers have been displayed at the roundabout. Even the area around trees has been beautified and lime dust has been sprayed on road sides.
The administration functionaries actually do not want the VVIP guest even to get a glimpse of the slums or colonies in the city. A visit to the area reveals that road berms have been painted afresh.
Hallomajra Mc councillor Jannat Jahan-Ul-Haq said such cleaning up activities should be a regular affair rather than a one-time job.
“I have always been telling the authorities concerned that they should clean the area on a regular basis. If you enter the city from the Zirakpur side, the first place one sees is Deep Complex, a slum in Hallomajra. The area creates a bad impression on persons entering the city from the Delhi side. The administration and corporation should jointly come up with a solution so that the area is cleaned up on a permanent basis.”
“If the area was cleaned up regularly, there would have been no need to hide it”, she added.
Hollande will reach the city on January 24 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive him.