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Delhi being prepared for Bush, Maurya Sheraton booked
February 26, 2006 22:45 IST
The national capital is being spruced up for US President George W Bush's visit next week with the entire Maurya Sheraton hotel where he will be staying booked for the Americans.
"All the 600 rooms of the hotel have been booked by the Americans accompaning Bush on his maiden visit as the President," sources told PTI in New Delhi on Sunday.
Besides decorating the area in and around posh Sardar Patel Marg where the hotel is situated, the places like Purana Qila, Raj Ghat where the President is going to visit during his three-day stay are being spruced up.
While parking spaces are being made in the hotel for his motorcade, the ridge area facing the hotel is being given a clean shape with hedges being trimmed and front covered with decorative bamboo walls against a white background.
All kinds of contingency plans are being put in place with various kinds of mock exercises and drills being conducted by authorities ahead of the high profile visit.
Sources said as part of the preparations, fire exercises would be conducted at the hotel on Monday.
Though the US President is not known for his fondness of Indian food so far, elaborate arrangements are being made to serve lip-smacking delicacies to him, the sources said.
Besides popular non-vegeterian dishes that will include varieties of chicken and lamb preparations, the chefs are also going to experiment with the whole new range of Indian cuisine for the VVIP platter.
Bush is expected to occupy the Presidential suite at the super luxury hotel, famous for housing former US President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries during their visit to the Indian capital, the sources said.
The Chandragupta suite is reminiscent of the Maurya period with the decor of the room spread over an area of 2,500 sq feet.
Besides Bush and the first lady Laura, the American delegation that will stay at the hotel includes Secretary of State Condoliza Rice.Clinton during his India visit had refrained from shopping outside the hotel. Bush with his hectic schedule could also follow the suit.