Hyderabad: Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior advisor, arrived at at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad early on Tuesday for her three-day visit, ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) scheduled later today. Ivanka, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the GES, with PM Modi delivering the inaugural address. A heavy security blanket will be in place around Golconda fort as the government has decided to host a dinner for Ivanka Trump at the famous Falknuma Palace.
Roads have been relaid, murals touched up, and lights strewn along the paths that Ivanka will take to various venues. Hyderabad is notorious for its crumbling roads but now pavements have been fixed, new trees have been planted and cement benches have been given a fresh coat of paint at Begumpet Airport Road, Jubilee Hills Check Post, Cyber Towers, HITEX and HICC, so that they glow at night. If she happens to glance from the window of her motorcade as it courses through Hyderabad, Ivanka Trump will see little dirt, no dogs, and formerly drab bridges painted in rainbow colours in her honour.
According to The News Minute reports City’s residents, who have been tweeting Ivanka to visit the city frequently, so the roads are maintained.
Earlier reports of homeless people been driven out of the city to be out of Ivanka’s sight, attracted a lot of criticism. Rumours about the zealousness of the cleanup have stirred tension. A news report last week alleged stray dogs were being carted off to a government facility and culled.
Even as large parts of Hyderabad and Cyberabad get a face-lift the infrastructure in the twin city of Secunderabad experienced no such changes. Several residents from Secunderabad protested against bad roads in the area, alleging that roads that Ivanka Trump isn’t visiting, have not been renovated. Around 50 residents, led by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) official spokesperson M Krishank staged a protest on the road beside St Johns Junior college at Sangeeth cross road, holding placards which read, “Mrs Ivanka Trump, please come to this road.”They claimed that patchwork was being carried out only where VIPs were expected to move, and the other roads were totally ignored, leaving the citizens in trouble.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), they denied the allegations. “That is not true at all. In fact, the government has spent a lot of money on the roads in areas where Ivanka Trump is not scheduled to visit,” Mohammed Ziauddin, GHMC Chief Engineer (Maintenance) said.
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, KT Rama Rao, also earlier refuted the allegations, while speaking at an event, saying “We have the 10k on November 26. Then we have the GES. Everybody is thinking that we are laying the roads only for Ivanka Trump. That’s not true. It was a part of our normal work. We start the work after monsoons. We also have our citizens to take care of. Yes, of course, when we have visitors coming to Hyderabad we normally tend to put up our best.”
Calling Ivanka’s trip a boon even though the authorities are only ‘photoshopping’ the city and not fixing all its problem comedian Rajasekhar jokes that the city should host the Olympics or the Oscars so the roads keep improving.
Rajasekhar’s video takes digs at the promptness with which authorities have been repairing roads and beautifying the city ahead of the visit.In Hyderabad, now we have new roads, man,” says Rajasekhar. “Forget roads, now we have footpaths man!” So impressed is the comedian that he urges the ruling TRS to give Ivanka a ticket for the next elections. “I will vote for her!” he asserts.
Sources : The News Minute