Modi, Putin to stay in same resort during BRICS Summit: Goa CM

Panaji, Oct 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Goa on Friday for the upcoming two-day BRICS Summit, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, adding that both Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin would be housed in the same resort during their stay in the coastal state.

Speaking to reporters at the State Secretariat, Parsekar also said that nearly Rs 70-75 crore had been spent by the state government for maintenance and creating additional infrastructure for the summit, including widening of roads, beautification of the road route from the airport to the hotels where the summit will be held and the delegates put up.

“We had asked the central government for these funds and they granted it to us,” Parsekar said.

“Modi ji and the Russian President will be hosted at the Taj (Exotica) while the other heads of state will be put up in other hotels,” Parsekar said.

The Chief Minister said that the two-day meet scheduled to be held on October 15-16 will help boost Goa’s tourism prospects.

“The heads of state of countries which account for 42 per cent of the world’s population. This will certainly bring Goa brand recall on in these countries. At the end of the summit, the BRICS countries will release a Goa declaration, which will be reported by the media worldwide,” Parsekar said.