Trump son for tower launch

Dinner with buyers but no word on meeting Mamata

By Sambit Saha
  • Published 16.02.18
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Donald Trump Jr

Calcutta: Donald Trump Jr, the executive vice-president of the Trump Organisation, will be in Calcutta next week to formally launch a real estate project on the Bypass bearing his family name.

Don Jr, who is the elder son of the American president Donald Trump, is scheduled to arrive on February 20 and be in the city till the next afternoon, sources said. This will be his maiden public visit to India, where at least five projects with the Trump brand name are in various stages of construction.

According to the plan, which the sources said "might see a last-minute change" because of various reasons, Don Jr will fly in on his private jet and meet buyers of apartments in the 39-storey Trump Tower over dinner.

He will spend the night in a five-star hotel and formally launch the project the next day before leaving the city in the afternoon.

The Trump scion is also scheduled to travel to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune to formally launch the other projects. His engagements include speaking at an event that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to attend.

Nobody could say if Don Jr would meet Mamata Banerjee or any representative of the state government during his Calcutta visit. What is known of his schedule is that he will interact with the "real estate fraternity, promoters and their families", a source said.

The Calcutta project, which will have 136 apartments, is being jointly developed by Tribeca Developers of Mumbai and Unimark and RDB of Calcutta.

Harsh Patodia, chairman and managing director of Unimark, said: "The response to the project has been phenomenal so far. We have managed to sell nearly 75 apartments already and the visit of Don Jr will certainly add to the momentum."

Trump Tower sales figures are in contrast to that of other luxury projects in town. At an initial price of Rs 3.5 crore a unit, these flats are said to be the cheapest among Trump properties anywhere else.