All-round Development of infrastructure in Varanasi

Published By : Admin | March 2, 2017 | 15:43 IST

“We want to take development to new heights. In the coming days, be it Rail, Road or Electricity - we’re working on to make these available for the people in a modern way. If these services are developed, then society, with its own strength can touch skies of development.” - Narendra Modi 

It is the result of this thinking of PM Narendra Modi that the emphasis is on infrastructure in his constituency of Varanasi. Everything from roads to railway stations, water-ways and airways is getting equal attention. A network of roads is being laid up here for the past two and a half years. Construction and widening of the main roads connecting Varanasi is being carried with an expense of Rs. 8014.57 Crores. Out of this amount, Rs. 7000 Crores is being spent on the widening of national highways connecting Varanasi to Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Aurangabad and other nearby cities which includes many new flyovers, bridges and bypasses to be constructed.

Widening and beautification of the road from Babatpur airport to Kachehri is being done with an expense of Rs. 753.57 Crores. Varanasi ring road is also being constructed. Along with this, widening of 125 KM stretch of Varanasi-Hanumanaha road is also being carried out.

Development of waterway is also being done alongside the roadways in Varanasi, which is planned with an expenditure of Rs. 381 crores. In phase-1, 1380 Km long waterway is being developed from Haldia to Varanasi, which is planned to accommodate a multi-model terminal worth Rs. 211 crore, a river information system worth Rs. 100 crore, a night navigation system with a corpus of Rs. 50 crore and Ro-Ro Crossing worth Rs. 20 crore.

Railway is working here on large scale. With a cost of Rs. 1105.25 crores, railways are carrying out the work to improve all stations and provide civil facilities. Moreover, 17 pair of trains has started operating from here.

The air services and facilities for travellers have been improved at the Babatpur airport. Additional check-in counters have been set-up and additional boarding gates have been created here. Direct flights from Varanasi to Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar and Bengaluru have started operating. The Airport is being expanded to facilitate take-off of bigger aircrafts from here.

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Ahead of the last phase of Uttar Pradesh’s legislative elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Varanasi (Rural), Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi started his address by highlighting that it was Khajuri where the winning streak of the elections started for the BJP in 2014. PM Modi spoke on how different the elections in UP are this time around, he said that the Double engine Sarkar is asking for votes on the basis of non-discriminatory development in the state and an improved situation of Law and Order.

Hitting out at the opposition, PM Modi said, “There is a special habit of these ‘Pariwarvadis’. They do what they don’t speak and they don’t do what they speak. Instigating riots was not in their manifesto, they did the same. Illegal occupation and looting were not in their manifesto, this was their biggest achievement. Nepotism in schools, police stations, offices, exploitation of employees, this was not in their manifesto, but they worked diligently on it.” PM Modi further added that the people of Banaras are very smart to not fall for their traps and will continue to vote for the Double Engine Sarkar.

During the rally, PM Modi spoke on how far Kashi has been modernised with its cultural integrity intact throughout the stages of development. PM Modi said, “Adequate electricity, freedom from the network of tangled electric wires overhead, freedom from water scarcity, widening of roads, new highways, new bridges, new flyovers, the entire Varanasi district is on the path of change.” PM Modi said that through the PM KISAN scheme, 2.75 lakh farmers have got 450 crore rupees and further improving the lives of farmers, the government has started a Rice Research Centre, Cargo Centre, New Dairy Plant and a New Gobardhan Plant.

Also, PM Modi talked about the developed health infrastructure present in Kashi today. PM Modi said, “From eye treatment to serious disease like cancer, treatment is available in Kashi today and this treatment is also free for the poor because of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. This is the development that is visible today and is for everyone.”

PM Modi iterated how ‘Pariwarvadis’ fail to recognise India’s achievements and try to sabotage the efforts to develop India, PM Modi said, “We started Swachh Bharat Mission, built more than 10 crore toilets. The sisters of the village, poor, dalits, backward families benefited the most from this. The whole world praised India. But did you hear even once, praise for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from these ‘Pariwarvadis’?”

PM Modi spoke on how India is adopting self-reliance through Vocal for Local. PM Modi added that many Banarasi products dominate the world markets and the benefit of this reaches the farmers, weavers, handicraftsmen, Vishwakarma companions of Banaras.

Highlighting the development of Khadi under the BJP government, PM Modi said, “Congress has played a lot of politics in the name of Khadi, created a lot of loot. But when Modi made Khadi an international brand, they now even avoid taking the name of Khadi today! If I talk about Banaras Mandal only, then 5 years ago, Khadi worth Rs 90 crore was sold here. Today it has increased to more than Rs 170 crore.”

Talking about BJPs vision for UP, PM Modi said, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is not just a slogan for BJP, it is our commitment. Moreover, there is the authenticity of giving the benefits of the government to every beneficiary, without any bias, without discrimination, it also has the resolution to give proper political representation to every region, every class, every fraternity. This spirit of national development with everyone's efforts is visible in both the party and the government.”

PM Modi finally addressed the participation of various sections of society in the political landscape of the country. He said, “From Panchayat to Parliament, from party to cabinet, the participation of women, Dalit, backward, tribal society is at an unprecedented level today.” The PM thanked all the personnel involved in the smooth functioning of the elections. PM Modi further added that after 10th March the work of development in all areas will continue with unprecedented pace with the efforts of Double Engine Sarkar.

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