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All roads in Dubai would be leading to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium where 50,000 Indian expatriates have registered for ‘Marhaba Namo’ – a grand public reception being held for visiting Indian Prime Minister,Narendra Modi today evening.
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Modi, who is on a two-day visit to the United  Arab Emirates, is to address the Marhaba Namo,  which is being touted as another Madison  Square-like event.The ‘Marhaba Namo’ is being  hailed as unprecedented in the history of the  UAE where for the first time a visiting head of s  state has been allowed a reception on this scale.

 

 

The seating capacity inside the stadium is 30,000, an additional 15,000 will be accommodated outside the stadium, where food stalls, DJs and two large video walls will broadcast Modi’s speech live.
Seeing the unprecedented response, the organizing committee issued an alert that registering online is not a guarantee for admission into the Dubai Cricket Stadium.

Under directives of Dubai Police, the organizers said that gates to the stadium will open at 3 p.m. to allow the public. Modi is expected to address the event at 8 p.m. in an hour-long address.The cultural programme will begin at 6.30 p.m. featuring 35 international artistes who have been flown down especially for the event.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is organizing around 200 public buses to take people to and from the stadium.A press statement issued by ‘Marhaba Namo’ said that online registration through a dedicated website www.namoindubai.ae does not ensure entry to the stadium for the public reception for Modi.

Access to the event would be on first come first entry basis, it said.”Gates of the stadium will be closed as soon as it is filled to capacity,” the statement added.Children below five years of age will not be allowed and bringing of food, cameras and video cameras will be restricted, said organizers.

Around 40,000 food packets will be ready for visitors and free water will be provided, they said.Giant screens outside the stadium will display the event live for people unable to enter the stadium, the organisers said.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Anurag Bhushan, Indian consul general, said: “We are privileged that Modi has decided to pay a visit which comes after 34 years after the last visit made by the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi, in 1981. The fact that he is coming here on a standalone visit makes the Indian community justifiably proud. We want this to be a momentous and memorable event.”

B.R. Shetty, member of the reception organizing committee Namo in Dubai, said: “This is a dream come true for all Indian expatriates. We want this event to conclude smoothly so that both the Indian government and the UAE government can have reason to be proud of the Indian community here.”

Five ambulances – three for the stadium and two for the spillover crowd – have been deployed. A team of 55 health-care professionals comprising 30 doctors, 12 paramedics and 13 nurses will be in attendance. They will be split in teams of five attending to medical emergencies inside and outside the stadium, said gulfnews.com.

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Over 1,000 volunteers wearing badges will assist the  people, in addition to 340 private security personnel and a  contingent of Dubai Police.While radio stations will  provide live updates, no live relay of the speech has been  permitted by the National Media Council, it said.

The UAE is home to 2.6 million Indian workers.

(IANS)

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Narendra Modi Lays Foundation Stones For Thane Metro, Mass Housing Project

Present on the occasion were Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis besides other dignitaries and he later departed for Pune to lay the foundation stone for a Metro project there

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Virtually kicking off the BJP campaign for 2019 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Congress governments for various lapses while laying foundation stones for Thane district Metro Rail and a mass housing project here on Tuesday.

In Kalyan, Modi performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro corridor projects to ease the transportation problems in these bustling towns, at an estimated cost of around Rs 33,000 crore.

Simultaneously, he also laid the foundation stone for an ambitious project to construct 90,000 homes for poor sections of society under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) to be completed within three years.

Speaking on the occasion, he said Mumbai and Thane are expanding and exerting huge pressures on the local resources, especially road and rail transports.

To mitigate the sufferings of the masses, many efforts have been taken up to improve the transport systems of the two cities in the past four-and-half years of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, he said.

“India is the world’s only country where urbanisation is taking place at a fast pace. Mumbai is the centre of economic activities and will further expand in the coming time. Hence transportation is a vital link to the development of any city or the country,” Modi pointed out.

Targeting the previous Congress government, he said the first Metro project in Mumbai was taken up in 2006 and after eight years, only 11 km was started in 2014.

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“We don’t know why it was stuck. After 2014, we decided to increase the pace of laying Metro lines and the scale in the form of a Metro Net in the city. It will add 35 km within the next three years and between 2022 and 2024, Mumbai will have have around 275 km of Metro network,” Modi said.

To mark the Platinum Jubilee (75 years) of India’s Independence, he said the government is moving to ensure that every family in India has a permanent home to live.

“The goal here is to build 90,000 new homes for the poor which I am told will be ready in three years. Maharashtra will get 800,000 new houses for the weaker sections under the PMAY. Under this, we are directly crediting Rs 250,000 loan into the bank accounts, besides helping the lower and middle classes to get bank housing loans,” Modi said.

He said with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) getting notified in most states, Maharashtra became the first to implement it, and it has resulted in huge transparency in all housing deals, which did not exist in the past 70 years.

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“Around 35,000 real estate projects across India and 27,000 real estate agents have been registered under RERA. According to a report, the speed of buying new homes has doubled in the past seven-eight months compared to the previous year,” Modi pointed out.

He reiterated that in the final four years of the previous UPA government, only 2.55 million homes were construction, but in the past four years of the present NDA government, 12.50 million houses have been constructed under the PMAY.

Present on the occasion were Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis besides other dignitaries and he later departed for Pune to lay the foundation stone for a Metro project there. (IANS)