Lights, cameras, graffiti: Chennai gears up to welcome PM Modi, Xi Jinping

Walls around Gate-5 of the airport are now covered with paintings highlighting India-China cultural ties, say sources. Beautification works around the airport are also nearly complete.

Published: 10th October 2019 04:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2019 12:42 AM   |  A+A-

Preparations are in full swing to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping at Chennai Airport. Paintings depicting Chinese and Indian history been depicted in the airport walls in welcoming the president. | (Ashwin Prasath | EPS)

Preparations are in full swing to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping at Chennai Airport. Paintings depicting Chinese and Indian history been depicted in the airport walls in welcoming the president. | (Ashwin Prasath | EPS)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: With just one day left for one of the most-awaited meetings in the State history, frenzied activity is underway to set the stage in Mamallapuram.

The Chennai Airport is being spruced up to welcome President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the two-day informal India-China summit.

Six bays have been reserved for the visit, says airport director Sreekumar.

“Three bays for fixed-wing aircraft and three for helicopters.” The aircraft carrying Xi Jinping is likely to arrive at 2.30 pm, while Modi is expected to arrive by 12.30 pm.

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While Modi will take the aerial route to Mamallapuram, Xi may travel by land or air.  

Walls around Gate-5 of the airport are now covered with paintings highlighting India-China cultural ties, say sources. Beautification works around the airport are also nearly complete.

An old building near the Meenambakkam police station has been converted into a park.

A footpath has been laid and walls have been painted with colourful graffiti.  

From the airport, Modi will travel by air till Thiruvidanthai, 20 km away from Mamallapuram. He will be staying at a top resort in Covelong. Security has also been beefed up near a popular star hotel at Guindy.

No stone is being left unturned by security agencies. Surveillance cameras have been fixed every 50-100 metres on the East Coast Road. Resorts have been asked to double-check their entries.

Welcome the dignitaries, says CM

Describing the summit as a historic event, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday appealed to the people of Tamil Nadu to welcome both leaders  wholeheartedly

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