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The city is getting a makeover to welcome 4,000 PIOs from 80 countries

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): As beautification works are in full swing in the city, Mayor Pushyamitra Bhargav said on Monday that nearly 4,000 People of Indian Origin (PIO) from around 80 countries will attend the 17th Indian Diaspora Convention including we talk a lot, scheduled for January 8-10.

Rooms for them have been reserved in no less than 37 hotels, mostly located in and around the Vijay Nagar area, where the Brilliant Convention Center – the venue for the Diaspora convention – is located.

“Apart from hotels, homestay arrangements have also been made for around 70 NRI families,” the mayor said at a seminar held to invite suggestions from intelligentsia and prominent figures in the city.

Apart from the Mayor, Division Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sharma, Collector Ilayaraja T and City Commissioner Pratibha Pal were also present on the dais.

“We have booked rooms in 37 hotels from January 5 to 12. Although Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is a three-day affair, we will also need rooms for our guests coming to attend the two-day Global Investor Summit ( GIS) scheduled for January 11-12,” Pal said.

She said they are drawing up itinerary plans, special cleanliness plans and sightseeing plans for the visiting diaspora.

“About 80-90% of NRIs coming to Indore may not have visited this city earlier. So they would research Indore on the web and know that it is the cleanest city in the country. We have to go the extra mile while they’re in town to show them why we’re the cleanest town,” Pal said.

She said they had planned a themed light decoration in the city. “All iconic buildings, Sarafa, Chhapan Dukan and other important places will be decorated with themed lights for 10 days,” she added.

Pal said they had also thought of giving a place to display local leather toys at the site and offering namkeen and Indore sweets as a token of gratitude to the diaspora.

Sharma added that they are preparing a brochure which will contain information on local and nearby tourist destinations in Malwa and Nimar regions. “They will receive the booklet so they can choose the places they want to visit. We will seek the assistance of the tourism department to ensure that guests have no difficulty visiting these places,” he added.

Ilayaraja, who recently took up his duties as a fundraiser, said he had no doubts about the success of the convention given the enthusiasm the people of Indore are showing for the convention.

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Kite competition on the program

Indore Municipal Corporation is to hold a kite competition for NRIs tentatively on land owned by Reliance Company in Vijay Nagar.

Industrialist Sachin Bansal came up with the idea for the kite contest which pleased the mayor and asked Pal to organize it.

Chhapan Dukan shops offer free exclusive snacks

A representative of Chhapan Dukan shops, Gunjan Sharma, said they had decided to offer their signature snacks for free to visiting NRIs. He said all traders agreed. He also said that they also decided not to overburden the diaspora.

Suggestion of intelligentsia

Padma Shri Janak Palta suggested removing all the hoses from the cleanest city and training the volunteers for the convention. She also said there should be a health emergency plan on the agenda.

Social activist Anil Bhandari said the PBD convention should be planned so that it turns out to be the most carbon-credit generating event in the world.

Senior Pedagogue Ramesh Mangal said a star pin should be affixed to the blazers of visiting NRIs for identification.

Another educationist, Shristi Pathak, said students with startup ideas should be given the opportunity to present them to NRIs.

AIMP Chairman Yogesh Mehta said they provide hassle-free visits for NRIs to industries in the city if they wish. The same announcement was made by President of Pithampur Audhyogik Sangathan, Gautam Kothari, as well as President of Indore Management Association, Akhilesh Rathi.

One person suggested starting the event with the blowing of a conch (shankh) and in the middle of reciting mantras. The suggestion was immediately accepted.

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Influencers should be active on social media: Mayor

The Mayor called on influencers to get active on social media today to give Indore a good image. NRIs coming to the city had to start checking social media for information about Indore. Now is the time to put Indore in a good light, he said. He indicated that a photography competition will also be organized during this period and the best photo of the activities carried out during the convention will be rewarded. The mayor also said that IMC should publish a book named Nagarik which has been discontinued. It will be restarted. Its first edition will be released at the convention, he added.

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