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.
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.