'Feels Like Delhi': Business Hit Yet Mahabalipuram Hails Makeover

The Quint
Mahabalipuram will soon be the centre of the world's attention as the leaders of two of the global emerging powers - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping - are set to hold talks there on 11-13 October.

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Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram will soon be the centre of the world's attention as the leaders of two of the global emerging powers - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping - are set to hold talks here, between 11-13 October.

Preparations are in full swing to make the town secure and squeaky clean.

About a 100 CCTV cameras have been installed near the monuments alone. Over 600 police officers will be deployed in and around the town during the duration of the summit.

Cameras have also been installed along the East Coast Road stretch till Kovalam and Mahabalipuram. Pavements have been relaid, solar powered flood lights have been installed and flickering street lights have been fixed.

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Can't Surf, Swim, Fish or Paddle

Usually, the town is buzzing with tourists at this time of the year but, when we visited, there were hardly any around. Several shops had pulled down their shutters and the few which were open hardly had any customers.

Locals said a ban has been issued on fishing and surfing from 5 October, which they believe will make a huge dent in their earnings.

The locals have also requested the government to pay them compensation or provide them food during the days of the ban.

Since many shops have been shut, a few villagers have volunteered to paint, relay the roads and engage in other beautification works undertaken by the district administration.

Police officials have visited the homes of the nearly 18,000 residents of Mamallapuram town panchayat, to review their Aadhar cards and personal information.

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