Flagpoles were erected, ceremonial arches put up, buildings painted and roads resurfaced in New Delhi, Dec. 7, in preparation for President Eisenhower's visit from Dec. 9 to 14.
MS tilt shot from woman cleaning the road to historic Turkman Gate, facing Civic Reception site
MS PAN from main gate at Ramlila grounds to Platform (Ramlila grounds are Civic Reception site)
MS workers busy erecting gate at Ramlila grounds
MS worker adjusts lights high up on pole
MS workers preparing tarmac and women coolies carrying it in baskets for making road
LS and MS American Pavilion in World Agricultural Fair under construction
MS A Sardar painter painting the roof of a stall in exhibition
LS and MS worker fixing the flags on poles along roads to be used by President
LS general pan shot of the Exhibition.
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Background: Flagpoles were erected, ceremonial arches put up, buildings painted and roads resurfaced in New Delhi, Dec. 7, in preparation for President Eisenhower's visit from Dec. 9 to 14.
As the local newspapers put it, the city has been given a "vigorous and much needed wash and brush-up during the last days in order to present as bright a face as possible" to the distinguished American visitor. The town is already packed with visitors, even the humbler hotels are turning away guests. Thousands of workers are engaged in setting up decorations everywhere and in putting the finishing touches to the pavilions of the World Agricultural Fair where Ike will open the American exhibit Dec. 11.
Eighteen of the Indian Air Force's Hunters, their fastest jets, will escort the President's Boeing 707 on its flight to Delhi. The fighters will meet the Presidential aircraft over Patiala, Punjab, in two flights of nine, and accompany it to Palam airport.
The guard of honour at Palam is to be drawn from the three Services, each providing a contingent of 50. The Army will be presented by maroon turbaned Sikhs.