Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday inaugurated a solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur before heading to Varanasi to visit Assi Ghat.
The inauguration of the solar power plant comes a day after Modi, along with Macron presented a 10-point action plan to promote the use of solar energy at the founding conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) in the national capital.
Modi landed at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport at around 10.30 am and was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Minutes later, Macron’s aircraft too landed on the tarmac where he was welcomed by Modi.
After a brief break, the duo headed to Dadarkalan in Mirzapur where Macron inaugurated a 75 MW solar plant built by French firm Engie Solar.
Following the inauguration, they took a chopper to Badlapur and then to the Deen Dayal Handicraft Institute.
Later in the day, both the leaders will visit Assi Ghat on the banks of the holy river Ganga in Varanasi, which is also the Lok Sabha constituency of the prime minister.
In Varanasi, they will take a boat ride followed by lunch, and in the evening, will fly back to New Delhi in a special IAF plane.
On a four-day visit to India, the French President had on Sunday visited the Taj Mahal in Agra.
He is scheduled to a town hall interaction with students in New Delhi.
This is Macron’s first visit to India after he assumed office in May in 2017.