Ahmedabad: Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to the city on February 24, at least 45 families living in a slum near the newly built Motera stadium have been served eviction notices by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday. Notably, the American President along with the first lady Melania Trump will be attending a welcome event named ‘Namaste Trump’ at the world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera in Gujarat. Also Read - 'Greatest Emergency Since Independence,' Says Ex-RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Coronavirus
Meanwhile, the eviction notices comes days after the AMC began construction of a wall allegedly to cover the Saraniyavas or Dev Saran slum, located between Sadar Vallahbhai Patel International Airport and Indira bridge, a route that the US President and his wife might take while visiting the city. Also Read - 'Let's make India COVID-19-free', PM Modi to BJP Workers on Party's 40th Foundation Day
While the slum dwellers claimed that they have been asked to move out of a plot they have been living in for two decades due to the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, the AMC officials said the notices had no connection with the forthcoming programme.
Speaking to The Indian Express, one of the slum dwellers, who works as a construction worker said,”The AMC officials who came to serve the notices asked us to vacate as soon as possible. They told us that the head of the United States is visiting Motera stadium and they wanted us to move out.”
Earlier on Monday, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had visited the Motera stadium to inspect the security arrangements regarding US President Donald Trump’s visit to the state.
“It is a delight and Honour for the state as well as for the nation, as two of the biggest global leaders, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be sharing the same stage at the Motera stadium which we are eagerly awaiting,” said Rupani.
The program’s theme has been named ‘Namaste Trump’ where people in large numbers will be welcoming the US President, said the Gujarat CM.
The Gujarat CM was accompanied by Minister of Dtate for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja, Gujarat Chief Secretary Anil, Director General of Police (DGP) Shivanand Jha, Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister Office (CMO) M.K. DaS and the officials of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the state government to inspect various arrangements regarding the arrival of the dignitaries.