Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to declare Chandigarh’s name among the first 20 smart cities during his visit on January 24. The UT was earlier shortlisted among 98 smart cities, following which Chandigarh had sent a detailed project report to the Centre.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the city to receive French President François Hollande on his visit. The PM and the French President are also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on developing Puducherry and Chandigarh as the smart cities as part of a bilateral agreement.
The heads of the two countries will also attend an IndoFrench forum of chief executive officers at Hotel Taj in Sector 17.
Meanwhile, to handle the international media, a special team comprising external affairs ministry officials will arrive in the city on January 21. Apart from the national media, over 60 international journalists will arrive here to cover the visit.
The special team will also take stock of all the arrangements, including issuing media passes. The team will assist the local administration in identifying the locations where the media will be briefed.
FRENCH SECURITY TEAMS IN CITY TODAY
For the upcoming visit of French President François Hollande and PM Narendra Modi to the City Beautiful, France-based security teams will arrive here on Wednesday. Besides, over 4,000 cops of the UT police and over 1,680 cops of Punjab and Himachal police and paramilitary forces will also be deployed. During the passing of the cavalcade, the police said, traffic would be blocked for over 10-15 minutes.
SSP (security) Maneesh Chaudhary said besides the UT cops, a total of 12 companies of the Punjab police, - as many as 70 cops in each of the company -10 company of the paramilitary forces and two companies of the Himachal Pradesh police will also be deputed. Besides, a special protection group will also arrive here on Thursday. After a meeting of all the forces, a mock drill will also be carried out.