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Macron, Modi take boat ride across Ganga

IANS  |  Varanasi 

French Emanuel and took a boat ride on the Ganga here on Monday, animatedly talking on the flower-decked double-decker vessel.

Modi, who represents in the Lok Sabha, briefed about the history and significance of various ghats along the holy Ganga.

asked him some questions and promptly responded. The two walked to the Assi Ghat after visiting the

The told the French about various handicrafts on display at the stalls. They briefly halted to hear the locals playing shehnaai. The two retired for lunch at the Nadesar five-star hotel, belonging to the

While Macron stayed back at the hotel to rest, drove to keep his other engagements.

Earlier, Modi and Macron flew to Dadarkala in neighbouring district to inaugurate the biggest solar plant in As soon as they landed, they were gifted a bright red "chunri" of Goddess Vindhyavasini, the presiding deity of

The 100 will produce 75 MW for now. Holding hands off and on, Modi and Macron unveiled the inaugural plaque in the presence of Anupriya Patel, and French First Lady

The power plant has been built at Dadarkala at a cost of Rs 650 crore over a stretch of 380 acre in the

The plant has 1.18 lakh solar panels and the power produced from here will be transmitted to the Jigna Power Sub-station of the

The produced will be divided into two "A" and "B" sections of and the remaining will be supplied to

Officials told Modi and Macron that the generation of power will begin with the first sun rays and the plant will shut down with sunset.

The plant has 318,650 solar plates, with each plate having a generation capacity of 315 watt. The plant was completed in 18 months, an official told IANS. This power plant can feed power to 1.5 lakh households every day.

The French reached the here in the morning by a special plane and was received by Modi, Governor and Adityanath.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:58 IST