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Modi helms meeting on Varanasi blueprint

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Varanasi, which sent Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Lok Sabha, can hope for better days as the Union government is preparing a blueprint for its all-round development.

The Prime Minister presided over a meeting on the weekend with officials, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and party leaders from the temple city to give finishing touches to the blueprint.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget, proposed to set up an Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission called “Namami Gange” and allocated Rs. 2,037 crore for it. The benefits from this mission will also flow to Varanasi. Mr. Jaitley allocated Rs. 100 crore for the development of the ghats (steps leading down to a river) in Varanasi, Kedarnath, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Patna and New Delhi.

Mr. Modi directed that the development plan should envisage ways to find a firm position for Varanasi on the global tourist map. The first-stage makeover will include beautification and efforts to ensure cleanliness and streamlined traffic.

Modernisation of the ghats with special attention to those at Dashaswamedh, deploying motorboats in the Ganga and ensuring a greener Varanasi are the other highlights of the plan.


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