Photos: India prepares for ‘Namaste Trump’

During his maiden visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump will tour the country's first heritage city, Ahmedabad, where he is scheduled to address an event at the grand Motera Stadium with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visit Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati. Preparations are underway to welcome the American President in the historic city known for its rich architectural heritage of the 15th century.

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A man applies finishing touches to paintings of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a wall as part of a beautification along a route that Trump and Modi will be taking during Trump’s upcoming two day visit, in Ahmedabad. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A man applies finishing touches to paintings of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a wall as part of a beautification along a route that Trump and Modi will be taking during Trump’s upcoming two day visit, in Ahmedabad. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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A boy looks from behind a wall painted with a message, along the route that US President Trump and PM Modi will be taking on February 24. More than 50,000 people are expected to line up along the 22km route of the roadshow. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A boy looks from behind a wall painted with a message, along the route that US President Trump and PM Modi will be taking on February 24. More than 50,000 people are expected to line up along the 22km route of the roadshow. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Members of a bomb disposal squad from Gujarat Police scan a tank on display outside an army camp, along the route of the roadshow. Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials held a meeting on Friday with representatives of social, cultural and religious organisations expected to take part in the roadshow. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Members of a bomb disposal squad from Gujarat Police scan a tank on display outside an army camp, along the route of the roadshow. Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials held a meeting on Friday with representatives of social, cultural and religious organisations expected to take part in the roadshow. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Members of a bomb disposal squad from Gujarat Police scan a plant pot on a road divider. Donald Trump will be making his first official trip to the world’s largest democracy. The leaders of China, Japan and Israel have all visited Ahmedabad since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Members of a bomb disposal squad from Gujarat Police scan a plant pot on a road divider. Donald Trump will be making his first official trip to the world’s largest democracy. The leaders of China, Japan and Israel have all visited Ahmedabad since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Aswathy Jwala (C), a social activist, who is on a hunger strike to oppose the building of a 400 metre long wall along a slum area, that authorities said was built as part of a beautification drive the roadshow’s route. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Aswathy Jwala (C), a social activist, who is on a hunger strike to oppose the building of a 400 metre long wall along a slum area, that authorities said was built as part of a beautification drive the roadshow’s route. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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A placard hangs as residents gather to support Aswathy Jwala (not pictured, in Ahmedabad. Critics have said the wall was built to block the view of the slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. Mayor Bijal Patel said the wall was built “for security reasons” and not to conceal the slum, according to the AP. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A placard hangs as residents gather to support Aswathy Jwala (not pictured, in Ahmedabad. Critics have said the wall was built to block the view of the slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. Mayor Bijal Patel said the wall was built “for security reasons” and not to conceal the slum, according to the AP. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Senior police officials arrive to examine security arrangement at Gandhi Ashram. As per the route plan given to the AMC by authorities, Trump and Modi will first reach the Sabarmati Ashram, a place closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi, from the international airport. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Senior police officials arrive to examine security arrangement at Gandhi Ashram. As per the route plan given to the AMC by authorities, Trump and Modi will first reach the Sabarmati Ashram, a place closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi, from the international airport. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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A worker paints footpath in front of Sardar Patel MoteraStadium, which Trump and Modi will inaugurate and also address a gathering at. Over a lakh people are expected to turn up for an event on the lines of the ‘Howdy Modi’ function that was addressed by the US President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston in September last year. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A worker paints footpath in front of Sardar Patel MoteraStadium, which Trump and Modi will inaugurate and also address a gathering at. Over a lakh people are expected to turn up for an event on the lines of the ‘Howdy Modi’ function that was addressed by the US President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston in September last year. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Members of the media film a US cargo aircraft carrying a vehicle and other supplies after its landing at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, ahead of the President Donald Trump's visit to India. With capacity for 110,000 spectators, the Motera Stadium will dislodge the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the world’s largest cricket stadium. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Members of the media film a US cargo aircraft carrying a vehicle and other supplies after its landing at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, ahead of the President Donald Trump's visit to India. With capacity for 110,000 spectators, the Motera Stadium will dislodge the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the world’s largest cricket stadium. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Earthmovers remove debris from the Yamuna river bed near Taj Mahal, ahead of US President Trump’s visit, in Agra. The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department has released 500 cusecs of water into the Yamuna from the Ganganahar in Bulandshahr to improve the river’s “environmental condition” in Agra, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, officials said on Tuesday. (PTI)

Earthmovers remove debris from the Yamuna river bed near Taj Mahal, ahead of US President Trump’s visit, in Agra. The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department has released 500 cusecs of water into the Yamuna from the Ganganahar in Bulandshahr to improve the river’s “environmental condition” in Agra, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, officials said on Tuesday. (PTI)

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A view of the slum area where a wall was built along the roadshow route. Authorities in Ahmedabad expect to spend 80 crore on preparations for the visit by the American president that is likely to last around three hours, two government officials with direct knowledge of the plans told Reuters. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A view of the slum area where a wall was built along the roadshow route. Authorities in Ahmedabad expect to spend 80 crore on preparations for the visit by the American president that is likely to last around three hours, two government officials with direct knowledge of the plans told Reuters. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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People ride their motorbikes past a hoarding with the images PM Modi, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Security-related costs, with more than 12,000 police officers expected to be deployed, will account for almost half the expense, said the officials, who declined to be named as they are not authorised to speak publicly about the visit. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

People ride their motorbikes past a hoarding with the images PM Modi, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Security-related costs, with more than 12,000 police officers expected to be deployed, will account for almost half the expense, said the officials, who declined to be named as they are not authorised to speak publicly about the visit. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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