Sydney, Nov 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Sydney on the second leg of his four-city tour of the country. The Australian artists performed the traditional aboriginal dance to welcome Modi, who was also gifted a boomerang.
After three days in Brisbane where he attended the annual G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi will attend a community reception at the Alphonse Arena later in the day.
He was received at the airport on his arrival by President of Legislative Council of New South Wales Ton Harwil.
Over 200 Indians arrive in Sydney from Melbourne
Over 200 persons left Melbourne on Sunday by a special chartered train for Sydney to attend visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Allophones Arena at Olympic Park in Sydney on Monday, said an agency report.
Victoria’s Multicultural Minister Matthew Guy reportedly flagged the train off from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station.
Decorated with tri-colour balloons, passengers of the train danced and sang patriotic songs before boarding the train on Sunday.
The report said that more than 16,000 members of the Indian Diaspora will pack the Allophones Arena at Olympic Park in Sydney to welcome Prime Minister Modi at a community reception.
The volunteers, who have organized the event at Olympic Park, have promised a reception more grand than the one Prime Minister Modi received at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York during his U.S. visit.
Big screens have been installed outside the venue, and there is a festive atmosphere prevalent for people wanting to attend or watch the event.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi invited Australian businessmen to participate in India’s ambitious plans for smart cities to cater its growing urban population.
Addressing the Queensland business community at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Premier of Queensland in Brisbane on Monday morning, Modi said India had launched Make in India as a new mission to promote manufacturing in India.
The Prime Minister said it is expected that nearly eleven per cent of the world’s urban population in 2025 will be in India.
He said Queensland can be an important partner in India’s development in the area of energy, mineral resources, agriculture, education, skill development and food security.
He said, India wants an integrated partnership in joint research to improve yield and farm productivity. This will help develop agriculture supply, chain infrastructure and food processing.
The Prime Minister will reach Australian capital Canberra on Monday evening to hold bilateral meetings with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbot. Hee will also address a joint session of the Australian Parliament on Tuesday.
Meanwhile in Sydney, people are very enthusiastic about Modi’s visit.
(With Agency Inputs)