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Rock Garden gets a facelift ahead of Hollande’s visit

punjab Updated: Jan 19, 2016 11:15 IST
Monica Sharma
Monica Sharma
Hindustan Times
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For the 20-minute visit of France’s President François Hollande to Rock Garden on January 24, the UT administration is busy sprucing up the ‘best-out-of-waste’ marvel of late Nek Chand.

Painted swings, landscaping and ornamental flowers will welcome the high-profile guest. A visit to the Rock Garden revealed that entry gates were being painted, garbage bins being cleaned and safai karamcharis were busy cleaning the floors.

The rag dolls prepared by Nek Chand would be put on display for the first time during his visit. Hollande will also visit the Government Museum and Art Gallery Sector 10 and the Capitol Complex, which, too, are being given a facelift. The fountain at the entry of the museum is being repainted. The berms on the road leading to the Capitol Complex are being given a coat of paint.

The French President will be accompanied by six ministers and a delegation of more than 100 officials. Sources in the administration said the high security vehicle to ferry the guest would come from France. Personnel of Chandigarh Police and CRPF have already been deployed at different spots in the city.


The VVIP’s visit may cause some inconvenience to the tourists as Hollande will be in city on a Sunday when the rush at tourist spots is maximum. Sources in the administration claimed that efforts would be made to minimise the inconvenience to the public.

The French President will take a tour of the gallery where earliest tools used by the mankind and fossils, discovered from Shivalik foothills near Ropar, would be displayed. The artefacts would be remain on display for public thereafter the entire month.

Meanwhile, UT adviser Vijay Dev held a review meeting with the officials here on Monday. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to receive the French President and both of them will leave the city in the evening. The special plane carrying the French delegation of businessman coming to attend the CEOs workshop is expected to reach on January 23.


The French President is expected to reach Chandigarh Air Force station by noon, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would receive him.

He will first go to Hotel Taj in Sector 17 to attend the Indo-French CEO’s forum. The President is expected to spend about 90 minutes at the hotel.

He will spend about 20 minutes each at the Government Musuem in Sector 10, Capitol Complex and Rock Garden.