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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Vancouver, Surrey today

04/16/2015 09:45 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 09:59 EDT
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Vancouver and Surrey,  B.C., this afternoon, for his last stop on a three-day tour of Canada.

Thousands are expected to turn out to watch the so-called rockstar politician and Prime Minister Stephen Harper visit a Sikh temple on Ross Street in Vancouver and the Laxmi Narayan Hindu temple in Surrey.

Tickets for both events are sold out and police will be closing streets in Surrey for the visits.

Protesters, however, are also planning rallies to protest Modi's visit. About 25 groups have formed a coalition, saying that India needs to improve its record on human rights and economic inequality.

Opportunities for B.C.

Premier Christy Clark said she's excited about today's visit and excited about what Modi is doing in India, because he is going to change the face of that country forever and in doing so he will change the balance of economies in the world.

Clark said India represents tremendous educational and economic opportunities for British Columbians, and this province's agricultural exports and technology will help Indians feed themselves and waste less food.

Modi was elected last year, and hopes to strengthen economic links between the two countries.

Harper's office said the visit involves extensive engagement with political, business and academic leaders, and robust interactions with the Indian diaspora.

Surrey road closures

- Surrey RCMP will close 140 Street between 72 Avenue and 88 Avenue from 10 a.m. PT to approximately 6 p.m.

- Local traffic will be permitted onto 140 Street from all feeder roads, however, access to 140 will be restricted from 88 and 72nd Avenue.

- Residents are urged to use alternate routes to and from their homes.

- There will be a secured area between Bear Creek Drive and 140 Street through to 84 Avenue and 140 Street where absolutely no vehicle or foot traffic will be permitted.

Vancouver police have not released details of road closures.

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