Donald Trump and PM Modi would also address a gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Motera. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
More than 50,000 people are expected to line up along the 22km route of the roadshow of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on February 24, Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel said on Friday. She said this may possible be the longest roadshow in the city for a visiting dignitary. As per the route plan given to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) by authorities, Trump and Modi will first reach the Sabarmati Ashram, a place closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi, from the international airport. From the Sabarmati Ashram, both the leaders would take the SP Ring Road via the Indira Bridge near the airport to reach the newly built cricket stadium in Motera, said Patel.
"It will be a 22-km-long roadshow, perhaps the longest roadshow ever held in the city. As per our estimate, over 50,000 people, including BJP workers, would greet the leaders on the entire route. Volunteers from 300 organisations and NGOs would also take part in the roadshow," she added. Patel and AMC officials held a meeting on Friday with representatives of social, cultural and religious organisations expected to take part in the roadshow.
People from different states would wear traditional attire during the mega event, the BJP leader informed. Earlier this week, it was announced that Trump, during his two-day India visit, would take part in a grand roadshow in Ahmedabad and also tour the Sabarmati Ashram and inaugurate a newly-built cricket stadium with Modi on February 24.
Trump and Modi would also address a gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Motera. The seating capacity of the sprawling stadium is 1.10 lakh and over a lakh people are likely to be present at the gathering.
However, construction of a 7-feet wall for Trump’s roadshow has triggered a controversy. According to a Reuters report, US President Donald Trump will be shielded from the sight of slums by a newly built wall when he visits the city of Ahmedabad during a visit to India this month. A senior government said the wall was being built for security reasons, not to conceal the slum district. But the contractor building it told Reuters the government "did not want the slum to be seen" when Trump passes by on the ride in from Ahmedabad's airport.
"I've been ordered to build a wall as soon as possible, over 150 masons are working round-the-clock to finish the project," the contractor said, speaking on condition of anonymity.