Ivanka and PM Modi to dine at world's largest dining table at Falaknuma Palace

Ivanka and PM Modi to dine at world's largest dining table at Falaknuma Palace

It will be a picture perfect dinner for only a select few with Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a magnificent 101-seat dining table, on   November 28 on the sidelines of the Global Economic Summit 2017.

While only 101 most chosen will have their dinner under the crystal chandeliers where the choicest food is being served, nearly 2000-3000 other delegates will dine at the grand old lawns of the scorpion-shaped Falaknuma Palace, located on a hillock in the old city. The 101-seat dining hall has unique features, including acoustics that allow each word spoken to be heard by the other person who might be sitting at the far end of the table.

Confirming the finer points of the two-day visit of Ivanka, daughter of US President Donald Trump, City Police Commissioner Srinivasa Rao on Friday spoke of another real challenge - ferrying all the delegates from the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) near Madapur to Falaknuma Palace in a time gap of one-and-a-half hours. "The prime minister will spend two hours at the palace and leave for Shamshabad airport,   from where he will fly to New Delhi," he said, adding that a 2,000-strong police contingent will secure the city from November 28 to 30.

Commenting on Ivanka's itinerary, which has been kept under wraps for security reasons, he said that she will attend a few sessions at the GES on Novembe 29 morning. "Ivanka, who will be arriving at Shamshabad airport on Nov 28, is expected to stay at Westin near Hi-tech city and will fly back to USA on 29 night at 9.30pm. We are not sure if she will be attending the dinner hosted by the Telangana government at the Rani Mahal Lawns of the Golconda fort," he said.

Curbs on residents

The three commissionerates here that have very specific roles to play during the visit of the PM and Ivanka, have held yet another round of talks with the US Secret Service, Union Home Ministry and SPG at the Falaknuma Palace to chalk out coordination issues. The residents' living near Falaknuma and Golconda have been requested by the police not to venture out during the declared timings to avoid traffic snarls. Police will have to block the roads that lead to Falaknuma on 28 night as more than 40 to 50, mostly multi-axle buses, will be ferrying the delegates to and from the Palace located in the walled city.

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