PM Lee Hsien Loong lands in Udaipur after flight delayed by bad weather

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has reached Udaipur after poor weather caused the plane he was in to turn back to New Delhi.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has reached Udaipur after poor weather caused the plane he was in to turn back to New Delhi. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Udaipur, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has reached Udaipur after a delay due to bad weather that forced his flight to turn back.

Mr Lee, who is on a five-day working trip to India, posted on Facebook on Wednesday (Oct 5) night that he and his team were just 10 minutes away from Udaipur when "bad weather and poor visibility forced our plane to turn back to New Delhi".

The flight between the two cities is about 1 hour 15 minutes.

They were stranded at Delhi airport, waiting for the weather to clear.

 
 

"Sometimes Mother Nature has her own plans," he wrote.

The Singapore contingent's plane landed in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan at about 7.10pm local time (9.40pm Singapore time).

After landing, Mr Lee and Mrs Lee visited the Celebration Mall, which is owned by Singapore property giant CapitaLand.

He was greeted by cheers and whistles from crowds of Indian shoppers in the mall.

Mr Lee will also attend the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Tourism Training, a joint venture by ITE Education Services and Rajasthan to teach hospitality sector skills in Udaipur.

He met India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and both nations pledged to strengthen cooperation in several key areas.

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