Macron in Varanasi LIVE updates: PM Modi, French President inaugurate UP’s largest solar power plant

Macron in Varanasi LIVE updates: The two leaders - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron - will embark on a boat ride and flag off a train between Maduadih Railway Station in Varanasi and Patna.

Macron in Varanasi LIVE updates: Posters announcing the visit of PM Narendra Modi and Emmanuel Macron in Varanasi on Monday. (Express photo)

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on a four-day visit to India, arrived in Varanasi on Monday, 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 Engie Solar at Dadar Kala, some 25 kms from Mirzapur under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) programme.

Modi and Macron will take a boat ride from Assi to Dashaswamedh Ghat. They will also visit the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul in Bada Lalpur, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts, and hold an interaction with artisans and view a live demonstration of their crafts.

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The Uttar Pradesh education department has directed all schools in Varanasi to ensure that students were present on Monday to greet the two leaders. Following the boat ride, 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.

Macron in Varanasi LIVE updates:

  1. 5:57PM
    12 Mar, 18
    PM Modi hails UP CM Yogi Adityanath

    I would like to appreciate the efforts of the Yogi Adityanath-led  UP Government in the housing sector and to ensure that more people get access to housing facilities: PM Modi

  2. 5:57PM
    12 Mar, 18

    A rail service that connects Kashi and Patna has been launched: PM Modi

  3. 5:48PM
    12 Mar, 18

    The people of Kashi extended a very warm welcome to President Emmanuel Macron, says PM Modi. 

  4. 5:48PM
    12 Mar, 18
    PM Modi addresses public rally in Varanasi

    I am happy to be in Kashi and inaugurate development projects that will benefit the citizens: PM Modi in Varanasi

  5. 1:33PM
    12 Mar, 18
    Macron writes in the visitors book at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul

    French President Emmanuel Macron writes in the visitors' book at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul in Bada Lalpur, Varanasi. Next, the two leaders will take a boat ride together from Assi to Dashaswamedh Ghat following a lunch hosted by PM Modi.

    French President Emmanuel Macron writes in the visitors' book at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul. (Source: ANI)

  6. 1:03PM
    12 Mar, 18
    Modi, Macron arrive at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts, in Bada Lalpur, Varanasi. The two leaders will hold an interaction with artisans and view a live demonstration of their crafts.

  7. 11:55AM
    12 Mar, 18
    PM Modi, Macron inaugurate UP's largest solar power plant

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurate the 75 MW solar power plant in Mirzapur. The largest solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh has been built at a cost of Rs 500 crore in collaboration with French solar power giant Engie Solar at Dadar Kala, some 25 kms from Mirzapur under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) programme. The PM and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 75 MW facility to the people. Some 1,18,600 solar panels have been set up in over 380 acres. Power would be transmitted to Jigna sub-station of Mirzapur range of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd, officials said. The plant will generate 15.6 crore units of electricity annually, about 1.30 crore units per month.

  8. 11:42AM
    12 Mar, 18
    PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive in Mirzapur

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive in Mirzapur. They will inaugurate a solar power plant here. (Photo source: ANI)

  9. 11:02AM
    12 Mar, 18
    PM Modi receives French President Emmanuel Macron in Varanasi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives French President Emmanuel Macron in Varanasi. They will attend multiple events in Uttar Pradesh today. Now, they will head to neighbouring Mirzapur district to inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant.

  10. 11:00AM
    12 Mar, 18
    India and France have inked 14 agreements, including one on setting up of Jaitapur N-plant

    On Saturday, India and France signed a pact that will enable their defence forces to access each other’s facilities and extend logistical support on a reciprocal basis. The two sides also inked an MoU for setting up the Jaitapur nuclear power plant. In all, India and France inked 14 pacts in key areas of defence, security, nuclear energy and protection of classified information, as well as cooperation in other areas including railways, environment, solar energy, maritime awareness and checking trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

  11. 10:42AM
    12 Mar, 18
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Varanasi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency. He was welcomed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. He will receive French President Emmanuel Macron soon.

  12. 10:36AM
    12 Mar, 18
    Here is a roundup of the first summit of the International Solar Alliance

    On Sunday, India and France co-chaired the first summit of the International Solar Alliance. In his speech, Modi called for concessional and less-risky finances for raising the share of solar electricity available for such projects to achieve the ISA target of over 1000 GW of solar generation capacity and mobilisation of investment of over $1 trillion by 2030. Macron, meanwhile, announced a common risk mitigation mechanism to be put in place before the end of 2018 and pledged 700 million euros to the alliance. READ |  India co-hosts first solar alliance meet, PM Modi says 100 GW by 2022

  13. 10:20AM
    12 Mar, 18
    Varanasi is all decked up to welcome Macron and Modi

    Here are some visuals of the preparations ahead of PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Varanasi. Both the leaders will visit Assi Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat and undertake a boat ride.(Source: ANI)

  14. 10:05AM
    12 Mar, 18
    French President Emmanuel Macron to arrive in Varanasi at 10.25 am

    Today, French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Varanasi, the constituency of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi will personally receive Macron at 10.40 am, following which they will travel to Mirzapur to inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant. The Mirzapur solar power plant site. (Source: ANI)