PM reviews Varanasi development projects

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PM reviews Varanasi development projects

Saturday, 20 June 2020 | Pioneer News Service | Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a review meeting through video conferencing on various development projects undertaken in his parliamentary constituency. The prime minister also saw the presentation highlighting the progress made in Kashi Vishwanath Dham Project by a drone video of the layout. He also discussed efforts undertaken on effective management of COVID-19. 
During his talks, Modi focused on enhancing the pace of development and welfare works for providing quality services to citizens and improving their standard of living.
Reviewing the progress of Kashi Vishwanath Dham Project, the prime minister directed that all such old temples that were unearthed during the development should be protected and preserved. He said help of experts should be taken to maintain such temple’s historical and architectural legacy.
“Carbon dating should be done so that these temples and their importance is highlighted to the tourists and the pilgrims who visit the temple,” he said, adding that the Kashi Vishwanath Trust should prepare a route map with appropriate tourist guides to facilitate the pilgrims who make a visit in this complex.
The prime minister also reviewed projects which are being undertaken in the city. He was apprised that more than 100 major projects within the financial outflow of around Rs 8,000 crores were currently being undertaken in Varanasi for creating social and physical infrastructure like hospital buildings, national waterways, ring roads, by-pass, International Convention Centre ‘Rudraksh’ being built with Indo-Japan collaboration etc.
Modi asked the officials to complete the development works within the timelines while maintaining the highest standards of quality.
He directed the officials that optimum utilisation of non-renewable energy be made for creation of next generation infrastructure.
“Saturation of households and streetlights with LED bulbs should be taken on mission mode in the entire Varanasi district,” he suggested.
For increasing the tourism and travel footprint in Kashi, he directed officials that works of cruise tourism, light and sound show, rejuvenation of Khidkiya and Dashaswamedh Ghats, display of Ganga aarti through audio-video screens be fast-tracked.
He said all efforts should be made to promote and propagate the role of Kashi as one of the key repositories of world heritage. He directed the officials to organise week-long festivals of countries like Japan, Thailand etc. where Buddhism is practised to celebrate their art and culture heritage.
He also directed the officials to identify a model road which, with a suitable theme reflecting the heritage of Kashi, could be developed as ‘Gaurav Path’ with active participation of local citizens. He further directed the officials to ensure that Kashi being a tourist destination excelled in all parameters of sanitation and cleanliness. 
“All efforts should be made to achieve the desired levels of ODF plus, use of mechanised sweeping and cleaning, ensuring 100 per cent door-to-door waste collection and making the entire environment very positive and healthy,” he said.
The presentation also dwelled on development of world class communication and connectivity infrastructure in Varanasi. Modi said that the city should become a hub of the National Waterway connecting Varanasi to Haldia.
“Planning should be done for development of entire eco-system, cargo shipping and freight movement,” he said, and asked the officials to complete the expansion and modernisation works of Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport on priority so that Varanasi became one of the leading cities with state-of-art rail, road, water and air connectivity.
The meeting was attended by people’s representative of the district including UP ministers Neelakanth Tiwari and Ravindra Jaiswal, MLAs Surendra Narayan Singh, Saurabh Shrivastava, Neel Ratan Neelu, MLCs Ashok Dhawan, Laxman Acharya, Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agarwal, District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, Municipal Commissioner Gaurang Rathi and some others.

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