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3 years on, big projects see the light of day in Varanasi

PM Modi to visit Varanasi next month to inaugurate two bridges on the Ganga and a Rs 305-crore trade facilitation centre for weavers.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Aug 29, 2017, 02.42 PM IST
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Earlier, Varanasi was not given due attention by the Akhilesh Yadav government, but with BJP now in power in UP, the city will finally see projects completed,” an official said.
Earlier, Varanasi was not given due attention by the Akhilesh Yadav government, but with BJP now in power in UP, the city will finally see projects completed,” an official said.
NEW DELHI: Varanasi is seeing an upswing in activity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeping a close eye on his constituency and Yogi Adityanath having visited it thrice since becoming the Chief Minister.

The PM is expected to visit Varanasi next month to inaugurate three key projects — two bridges on the Ganga that have been under construction for the 11 years, and a Rs 305-cr Trade Facilitation Centre for weavers to display and sell their goods, senior government officials told ET in Delhi.

“There are key projects in Varanasi which are being closely monitored. Like the Ring Road project that will decongest the city and is expected to be fully ready in nine months. Earlier, Varanasi was not given due attention by the Akhilesh Yadav government, but with BJP now in power in UP, the city will finally see projects completed,” an official said.

Adityanath on Sunday concluded a two-day visit to Varanasi, his third since becoming the CM in March. The minister of state for HRD and the PM’s pointsman for Varanasi, Mahendra Nath Pandey, participated in meetings held by Adityanath to expedite various projects.





From underground wiring, installing 30,000 new LED streetlights and using an Israeli technology to plug 45% wastage of drinking water due to leaky pipelines, a micro-analysis of Varanasi’s teething problems is underway. The Yogi, during his latest visit, directed that a Rs 533-cr sewage treatment plant must be completed by this December to rid Varanasi’s rural areas of bad odour.

The Adityanath government gave a major push to tourism in Varanasi by submitting a Rs 480-cr proposal to the Centre to develop the ghats and city’s circumambulation paths. The CM during his latest visit has cleared the building of a new “circuit” termed as the ‘Pavan Path’ to link 20 prominent temples, including the Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav.

A digital museum will also come up in Varanasi’s Assi ghat. Though Varanasi featured at the 32nd spot in the central list of clean towns in India and was the highest ranked UP city in this regard, a vigorous push is being given to improve the city’s ranking with an aim to make it the first open defecation free city in UP. The CM during his latest trip also paid surprise visits to a police station and a government hospital to check the ground conditions.

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