Australian Prime Minister (PM) Malcolm Turnbull who is on official tour of India, also visited Mumbai. Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had given a warm reception at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on 12 April, 2017, on behalf of the state of Maharashtra.
During the meeting with Australian PM, The Governor sought their cooperation in executing various infrastructure projects in the State. Stating that Maharashtra has 20 State –funded universities where 3 million students are pursuing education, he sought the cooperation of Australia in the areas of skill development, research and student exchange programmes.
Welcoming the Australian PM, the Governor said “Youthful population is the strength of the State Maharashtra. It is a second largest State in India. In terms of area and population, it is four times the combined population of Australia and New Zealand put together. Governor also stated that “Maharashtra has 20 State –funded universities where 3 million students are pursuing education. He also sought the cooperation of Australia in the areas of skill development, research and student exchange programmes”.
Australian Prime Minister Turnbull said “Ëven though bilateral trade with India had crossed $20 billion, there was considerable scope for further increasing the trade volume. A large number of Indian students are pursuing higher education in Australia”.
After the meeting concluded, The Governor and CM took along Australian PM for a stroll in Raj Bhavan lawn and benches of sea facing lawn. The Australian PM along with Governor and CM sat in the canopy of Raj Bhavan lawn. The Australian PM was impressed with lawn and canopy. While sitting under the canopy, he exclaimed and said “Wow, it’s a best place to read a book in open surrounding”.
While participating in the discussion, CM Devendra Fadnavis informed Australian PM that the construction of Metro Railway project and the Coastal Road project are expected to decongest Mumbai. CM said “Maharashtra is in the process of constructing a 700 km long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway at a cost of $ 6 billion. The project will connect 70 per cent of Maharashtra with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port and sought Australia’s cooperation in the project”. The CM also sought cooperation in sports development.
Report: Sitaram Mewati