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PM Modi, Netanyahu to hold road show in Ahmedabad today

Among Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu ‘s engagements in Ahmedabad are a roadshow and a visit to Sabarmati Ashram on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2018 09:53 IST
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday. (AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a busy day ahead in Ahmedabad when he arrives Wednesday morning with his host Narendra Modi for a day’s visit.

The two leaders will hold a roadshow and visit Sabarmati Ashram after landing in Ahmedabad around 10:20 am and later in the day will go to iCreate center at Bavla city and a centre for agriculture in Sabarkantha.

The eight- km roadshow will begin from the airport and end at the Sabarmati Ashram. The city, especially the stretch from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram, has been decked up to welcome Netanyahu and his wife Sara.

“Around 50 stages have been built along the roadside on the eight-kilometre stretch. Cultural programmes will be performed by troupes of different states as well as ethnicity to welcome the guests,” Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said.

“The Indian Jewish people will also welcome the two leaders,” he said.

Netanyahu will present Modi a special gift -- the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification vehicle the two leaders rode at Israel’s Olga beach last year during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit.

There will be a live demonstration of desalination of sea water that the two prime ministers will witness through video conferencing from the iCreate centre.

The Gal-Mobile is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (approximately $111,000).

The two leaders are also scheduled to visit the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for a long time.

Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe had also held a joint roadshow during the latter’s visit here last September. Modi had also accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping and his spouse to the riverfront during the latter’s India visit in 2014.

From the Ashram, Modi and Netanyahu would go to ‘iCreate’, an autonomous centre of excellence near Bavla town close to the city, chief minister Vijay Rupani had said earlier.

‘iCreate’ was formally launched in 2011 by Modi when he was the chief minister. The institution mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to set up start-ups, according to an official.

The two leaders would then proceed for a Sabarkantha-based centre of excellence for agriculture established by Isreal. They will inaugurate a research facility for cultivation of dates in Kutch by remote control from Sabarkantha.

Netayanhu will leave for Mumbai in the afternoon.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 09:10 IST