PM Shri Narendra Modi launched various development projects and addressed a public meeting at the DLW Grounds in Varanasi on March 12, 2018. Shri Modi complimented the people of Kashi for extending a warm welcome to French President Emmanuel Macron. He said the Government of India is committed to the continuous development and upgradation of DLW, which is a symbol of the industrial development of Varanasi.
He appreciated the efforts of the State Government in the housing sector, and to ensure that more people get access to housing facilities. He said, ”I would like to appreciate the efforts of the Yogi Adityanath led UP Government in the housing sector and to ensure that more people get access to housing facilities”.
The PM also appreciated the exhibition on various “waste to wealth” initiatives that was set up at the venue. Shri Modi said, “I went to a unique programme in Varanasi- a Kachra Mahotsav. Such festivals are vital to spread awareness on cleanliness”.
He said there is immense potential for tourism in Varanasi, and all efforts should be made to keep the city clean. The Prime Minister said that the recently announced Ayushman Bharat scheme is going to transform the health sector. It will provide top quality healthcare to the poor, he added.
The Prime Minister complimented the Uttar Pradesh State Government for implementing schemes extremely well. Prior to the meeting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron jointly inaugurated 101 megawatt solar power plant at Dadar Kala village in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the largest solar projects in the country and has been set up by French company ENGIE. The company was awarded the project in 2016 with the cost of Rs. 680 crore. Before inaugurating the plant both leaders visited several panels and inquired in detail about the project. Solar Energy Corporation of India has signed Power purchase agreement for 25 years with the company. 157 million Unit Power will be produced per year from the project and about one Lakh houses are likely to be served from this clean Power project. Commercial production will begin from next month.
Among others, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister of Renewable Energy Shri RK Singh, Union Minister of Health Ms. Anupriya Patel, UP Finance Minister Shri Rajesh Agrawal and Renewable Energy Minister Shri Brajesh Pathak were present on the occasion.
PM flags off train between Varanasi and Patna
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on March 12 flagged off a train between Manduadih Railway Station in Varanasi, and Patna. He also launched various development projects in Varanasi.