Kanpur: President Ram Nath Kovind reached Kanpur on his three-day visit by special presidential train on Friday evening. An official said that as soon as the special train carrying President Kovind reached platform number one of Kanpur Central railway station, he was given a grand welcome.
According to an official statement issued in Lucknow, on the arrival of President Ram Nath Kovind in Kanpur city, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed him by presenting him a corset at Kanpur Central railway station. According to the railways, President Ram Nath Kovind reached Kanpur on Friday at 8:05 pm by special presidential train.
Warm welcome and greetings on behalf of all the people of the state on the arrival of Honorable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji in Uttar Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/gnSxUZtWOr
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) June 25, 2021
According to the Chief Public Relations Officer of North Central Railway, Dr Shivam Sharma, a special train was run for the President from Delhi to his native village. The President reached Jhinjhak station at 6 pm, where he was received by General Manager NCR V.K. Tripathi did it.
Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath receiving President Kovind on his arrival at Kanpur Central Railway Station. pic.twitter.com/udQ2V4dsFn
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 25, 2021
At the station, the President met his old friends and close acquaintances. The train left Jhinjhak at 6:41 pm and reached Rura station at 6:56 pm, where the President met the visitors. Sunit Sharma, CEO and CRB Railway Board were present with the President during his train journey.
visit to native village
According to a statement issued by the Kanpur Commissioner’s office, President Kovind will visit his native village Paraunkh in Kanpur Dehat district. He will take part in various programs to be held in Paraunkh village on Sunday. On June 28, he will go to Lucknow by special train. The President had boarded a special train from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station for Kanpur on Friday afternoon. According to the statement, the stations along the route were decorated to welcome the President during his first train visit.
Kanpur Dehat Superintendent of Police Keshav Kumar Chaudhary said that the special train stopped at Jhinjhak and Rura stations in Kanpur Dehat, where the President interacted with his close and old acquaintances. The President was given a grand welcome at these stations. Earlier, Rashtrapati Bhavan had said that as soon as he boarded the train, the President will refresh his old memories, which will include a lifetime of seven decades from his childhood to reaching the top constitutional post of the country. After a gap of 15 years, a sitting President is traveling by train.
President has already visited by train
Earlier in 2006, the then President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam left for Dehradun from Delhi in a special train to attend the passing out parade of cadets of the Indian Military Academy (IMA). According to Rashtrapati Bhavan, records show that the country’s first President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad traveled by train several times. Soon after taking over as the President, he visited Jiradei in Siwan district, his birth place, during his visit to Bihar. He reached Jiradei from Chhapra by the President’s special train, where he had spent three days. He traveled all over the country by train.
After Dr. Prasad, other Presidents also gave priority to traveling by train to connect with the people of the country. President Kovind will leave by train from Kanpur Central station on June 28 for his two-day visit to the state capital Lucknow. On June 29, he will return to New Delhi in a special aircraft. At the same time, the Railways said that on the instructions of the President, the Presidential Saloon service was closed, which had been in use since independence.
According to the statement of the Northern Railway, crores of rupees were saved by the taxpayers, which were spent annually in the maintenance of saloons etc. After Kovid, when the country was recovering from the situation, the Indian Railways requested the President to travel by this public transport. Railways said that a special train service was operated for the President’s journey from Delhi to his native village.
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