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PM Modi and Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated new Supreme Court building in Port Louis via video conferencing.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth on Thursday jointly inaugurated the new Supreme Court building in Port Louis through video conferencing.

The new Supreme Court building was completed with Indian assistance as part of New Delhi’s thrust on cooperation with countries in the Indian Ocean Region. Senior members of the judiciary from Mauritius and other dignitaries from both countries were present during the occasion.

PM Modi said India’s relationship with partner countries is based on principles of mutual development and trust. He said, India never commits into any relationship considering the financial implications or profitability.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Modi reiterated India’s commitment to the vision SAGAR which was enunciated by him in 2015. SAGAR, which stands for security and growth for all in the region, is India’s high-level articulation towards its vision of participatory developmental works in the Indian Ocean. The Prime Minister underlined that India’s developmental goals are human-centric and the nation always strives to move along with all its partners on the trajectory of growth. He mentioned India’s efforts in many countries towards development of modern infrastructures and amenities including the parliament building in Afghanistan, Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Niger, Ambulance services in all the 9 provinces of Sri Lanka, Medical emergency services in Nepal among others.

As per sources, Hailing India’s developmental works in Mauritius, including the newly built Supreme Court building and recently initiated Metro rail project and state of the art hospital in the island country, the Prime Minister said, these projects will further strengthen the bond of cooperation between the two countries.

Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth speaking after the inauguration of the newly constructed Supreme Court building said India has always been helpful in development goals of Mauritius. He said under Prime Minister Modi, the bond between both the countries has strengthened to new levels. Mr Jugnauth thanked India for the support towards completion of major developmental projects in the country. He also remembered Prime Minister Modi’s pledge for sabka saath, sabka Vikas aur sabka Vishwas.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the court’s building symbolises the strong bilateral partnership between the two countries. The court structure construction is one of the five projects under the USD 353 million Special Economic Package (SEP) extended by India in 2016. The project has been completed within schedule and below expected cost. The building is spread over an area of more than 4,700 sq m with over 10 floors and has a built-up area of around 25,000 sq m.

The building flaunts a modern design and green features with a focus on thermal and sound insulation and high energy efficiency. The new building will house all divisions and offices of the Supreme Court of Mauritius.

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