PM Modi, French President Macron Inaugurate UP’s Largest Solar Power Plant In Varanasi

| March 12 , 2018 , 16:11 IST

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday arrived in Varanasi, where he was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The two leaders then inaugurated the 75 MW solar power plant in Mirzapur. The largest solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh has been built in collaboration with French solar power giant Engine Solar at Dadar Kala, some 25 km from Mirzapur under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) programme.

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Modi and Macron than took a boat ride from Assi Ghat to Dashaswamedh Ghat.

They also visited the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul in Bada Lalpur, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts, and held an interaction with artisans and watched a live demonstration of their crafts.

The Uttar Pradesh education department had directed all schools in Varanasi to ensure that students were present on Monday to greet the two leaders.

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Modi and Macron will flag off a train between Maduadih Railway Station in Varanasi and Patna.

On Sunday, India and France co-hosted the first summit of the International Solar Alliance. Earlier, the two nations signed 14 agreements, including a landmark MoU on recognising each others’ educational degrees.