NEW DELHI: French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on March 12,Monday arrived in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency in Varanasi airport where he welcomed both of them and later all of them departed from Varanasi by helicopter for Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur in order to inauguration of a biggest solar power plant in Chhanvey block .
Apart from PM Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also received the French president and his wife at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport Varanasi today. The prime minister and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 100 MW facilities to the people of the state.
It has been built at a cost of around Rs. 500 crore by French firm ENGIE, the 100 MW solar plant has come up at Dadar Kalan village on the hilly terrain of the Vindhyas range. Some 1,18,600 solar panels have been prepared in over 380 acres. The solar plant will generate 15.6 crore units of electricity annually, which is about 1.30 crore units per month. The electricity would be transmitted to Mirzapur’s Jigna sub-station which belongs to the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd, officials said.
On March 13, PM Modi and French President Macron co-hosted the first edition of the International Solar Alliance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The spotlight was on India which is being viewed as a key player in tapping solar energy.
The International Solar Alliance is a treaty based international inter-governmental alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The aim of the alliance is to promote solar energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels in sunshine-rich countries.
At least 23 keys of state, senior representatives of several countries, including deputy prime ministers and energy ministries attended the summit yesterday. Of the 121 potential countries, 61 have already joined the International Solar Alliance. 32 have ratified the Framework Agreement.
President Macron and Prime Minister Modi will also visit the Varanasi’s Assi ghat, where the two leaders will take a boat ride on the ghats of the Ganga – from Assi to Dashashwamedh ghat. And later PM Modi will go to the Manduadih railway station, from where he will flag off the Varanasi-Patna intercity train.