PM Modi, French President Macron jointly inaugurate solar power plant in UP

Irene MckinneyMar 13, 2018

The state's largest solar plant has been set up by French company Engie Solar in Mirzapur district, some 300 km from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.

The two leaders landed in Varanasi at around 11 am and then flew to Mirzapur, where they inaugurated the 75 MW solar power plant built with French assistance under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) programme at an approximate cost of Rs 600 crore.

"If solar power is used for cooking, around 25 crore families in the country will stop using LPG cylinders, leading to a better environment and nearly free-of-cost cooking", he said.

Modi appeared to don the role of a guide during the visit and was seen explaining to the French President about the various cultural events that were organised on different ghats along the river that the two leaders passed through.

After the function, Mr Modi and Mr Macron visited the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul at Varanasi where they interacted with artisans and viewed a live demonstration of their crafts. Dances and performances lined each ghat and flags of the two countries adorned the banks.

Macron was also seen asking the prime minister about an event that he witnessed while passing through one of the ghats.

He will launch various development projects and address a public meeting at the DLW Grounds in Varanasi.

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