City being decked up to host meet of Pacific island nations

The preparations for the upcoming second edition of Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) summit is going on a war footing in Jaipur.

The international conference will be held on August 21.

The local administration and civic bodies have been pressed in to make the city beautiful while general administration department is overseeing the arrangements for the delegates.

The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has intensified efforts for the beautification of the city. Hotels where delegates will stay and visit have been earmarked and 10 teams have been deployed for cleaning and landscaping works in the city. Apart from that, officials from the electricity cell too are taking stock of the situation.

JDA commissioner Shikar Agarwal on Tuesday visited the state hanger and other places to inspect the ongoing work. “ The moment we received information that Jaipur would be hosting the event, we started the preparations. We are removing dangling cables, refurbishing roads, planting saplings and painting the walls afresh. These works will be completed before the event," said Agarwal. The administration will also paint the walls of the city depicting the art of Rajasthan.

From hotels where delegates will stay to Amber Fort, the administration will beautify the roads with floral decorations and ornamental saplings. Apart from that, the general administration department is seeking guidelines from the ministry of external affairs regarding the protocol procedures.

The delegates would be the guests of the government of India while for the state heads, there will be a different line of protocol which will be handled by the MEA officials.

The security too has been tightened in the city, especially in and around hotels where the dignitaries would stay. At least 2,000 policemen, including 10 police officers of SP rank, will be part of the security arrangement.