New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his guest, French President Francois Hollande, boarded a Delhi Metro train today to reach Gurgaon in neighbouring Haryana.
The French President is in India as the chief guest of the Republic Day Parade, but today, the two leaders were in Gurgaon to inaugurate an Interim Secretariat of the International Solar Alliance or ISA.
At the Paris climate change summit held last year, more than 90 nations made a strong commitment to cut down on emissions and switch to clean energy – the emphasis on generation of solar power is a step in that direction.
The two leaders’ ride in the metro was seen as a vote for clean energy — “An eco-friendly ride,” tweeted PM Modi’s office. Segolene Royal, prominent French politician and President Hollande’s partner, accompanied them. Sources said the public were not allowed into the metro for about an hour as part of security measures.
The leaders took the metro even as the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road and MG Road were expected to be shut down in preparation for the visit. In anticipation of the VIP cavalcade, heavy vehicles were also barred from a part of the National Highway 8.