UT authorities impose no restrictions for Hollande, PM’s visit

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2016 11:28 IST
A truck stuck between official vehicles during a mock drill ahead of the VVIP’s visit in Chandigarh on Friday. (Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

The UT administration has decided to pay it safe this time. It has decided not to close down any establishment or tourist spot during the visit of French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to City Beautiful on Sunday.

The administration had messed up things on the first visit of the PM to the city in September last year for which it was reprimanded by the Union ministry of home affairs. UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said no roads would be closed for long duration for Hollande and Modi’s visit. No tourist spot, including Rock Garden will be out of bounds for visitors.

The UT home secretary directed officials to ensure that the general public was not harassed during the VVIP visit

During the day, Chandigarh Police conducted mock drills on routes to be taken by the VVIPs leading to traffic snarls. The cavalcade of the VVIPs will reach the Tribune roundabout from Air Force station. From here the cavalcade will turn towards the Sector 26 light point and will turn from the Sectors 19-27 roundabout towards Punjab Raj Bhavan. From here, the VVIPs will go to Rock Garden and Capitol Complex. From here, the convoy will reach Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 and Taj Hotel in Sector 17.


Rock Garden : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet French President Francois Hollande at Rock Garden, set up by late Nek Chand, in Sector 1 at 2.30pm, and will be there for 15 minutes.

Capitol Complex: Modi and Hollande will then visit Capitol Complex, designed by French architect Le Corbusier. The complex consists of three architectural masterpieces.

Govt Museum & Art Gallery: The French President will take a tour of the gallery where earliest tools discovered from Shivalik foothills near Ropar, would be displayed.

Taj Hotel: The French President and Modi will attend a business summit at Taj Hotel in Sector 17.

Hollande to arrive before Modi

Modi will land in the city around half-an-hour hour after Hollande. Hollande is expected to reach the city around 1.30pm. He will be received by UT administrator, Punjab and Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki. The names of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, MP Kirron Kher, UT adviser Vijay Dev, UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal, deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi and mayor Arun Sood have been cleared for receiving the VVIP.

Admn removes cane mesh

To keep the ugly side of the city out of sight of the high-profile guest, a virtual wall was created from the technical airport towards Hallomajra (HT File Photo)

Within 24 hours of putting up the virtual cane walls to hide the ugly side of Chandigarh, the structures were removed from Hallomajra on Friday. Senior officials asked UT chief engineer Mukesh Anand to remove the cane mesh.

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