PM Narendra Modi is building a wall to enshroud the slums of Ahmedabad from the sight of US President Donald Trump during his visits to Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to cover the slum peoples and hide the poverty by building a seven feet tall and half-a-kilometer long wall on the way of Sardar Vallabhvai Patel International airport to Gandhinagar, which would be the route for US president and PM Narendra Modi on 24th February for their roadshow.
According to a senior government official, “We are building the wall for their security, beautification and clean drive, not to cover the slum communities”.
But the contractor building told Reuters “the government did not want the slum to be seen” when the US president passes by on the ride in from the airport. The contractor also said, “I’ve been ordered to build a wall as soon as possible, over 150 masons are working round-the-clock to finish the project.”
According to Indian Express, the 7 feet tall, the high wall will cover the population of 2500 people and more than 500 kutcha houses at the Saraniyavaas slum areas. 16 resurfaced and the disjointed road will also be repaired for the visit along with the beautification. According to Ahmedabad Mirror, The total cost of beautification estimated at around 50 crores.
US President Donald Trump will visit India to celebrate close ties between India and Us. He is also expected to attend the event “Kem Chho Trump” at the Ahmedabad stadium along the lines of “Howdy Modi?” which Trump hosted for Narendra Modi during his visit to America. According to Trump’s quote on Wednesday, he said, “Millions of Millions of people will join the roadshow, which would be the population of the whole Ahmedabad city”.
Some of the slum possessors, whose home would be fenced off by the high wall in the hometown of Modi said, “Government is wasting the money of the tax-payers to cover the poor”.
Borrowings: Independent UK
By, Ms. Samayita Kanjilal, Research Fellow & Business Development, The Policy Times