PM Modi inaugurates development projects in Varanasi

On November 9, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  inaugurated various development projects in Varanasi through video conferencing. The total cost of these projects is Rs 614 crores.

Key Highlights

The projects inaugurated includes sound show, Sarnath Light, Sewerage related works, infrastructure protection for conservation of cows, agriculture produce warehouse, multipurpose seed storehouse, Varanasi city smart lighting works, 102 Gau Ashray Kendras, 105 Anganwadi Kendras.

Aero Bridges

The LBS International Airport is to receive two more passenger boarding bridges. These bridges are commonly known as the Aero-bridge. These two bridges were constructed at a cost of Rs 9 crores. These bridges will enhance the safety of the passengers and reduce their walking distances.

IPDS Scheme

Under the scheme, underground power cable at a cost of Rs 118 crores is to be laid.

Smart City Scheme

Under the smart city scheme, high tech surveillance cameras are to be installed, parking facilities in Beniabag, road widening and development of new Ghats. Also drinking water supply facilities are to be inaugurated at Rs 19 crores.

Under the Smart City Mission, Varanasi was the top performer in 2020. It was positioned at rank 7. However, only 50% of its allocated funds were utilized. More than 25 projects are underway in Varanasi under the mission. The projects are to be completed at a cost of Rs 261 crores.

Background

The key developments in the city in the last six years were highlighted by the Prime Minister during his address.  The road, rail and air connectivity to the city has been improved to great extent that people in the region need not go to big metropolitans like Delhi and Mumbai. The city is now becoming a model to waterways as well. There are 48 flights operating from the Babatpur Airport. Apart from urban developments, the rural region of the city has also been developed. The city is now exporting fruits and vegetables for the first time in its history.

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