PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Rejuvenated and transformed Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inspecting the key development works in Kashi, Uttar Pradesh on December 14, 2021. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is also seen.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath corridor today, a project that was sanctioned in 2017 by the Yogi government, and the foundation stone was laid by PM Modi in March 2019. This project is expected to boost the tourism of the city of Varanasi in a humongous way as it is situated near the Dashashwamedh Ghat and surrounds the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple and connects it with the Lalitha Ghat. The project which is spread over 5 lakh square feet links the historic temple to River Ganga through a 400 meter long and 75-meter wide corridor from Manikarnika, Jalasen, and Lalitha Ghats with an estimated total expenditure of 900 crore rupees.  In the first phase of the project, 23 buildings are to be inaugurated which includes the tourist facilitation centers, Vedic Kendra, Bhogshala, city museum, food court, viewing gallery, and Mumukshu Bhavan among others.

Under this project, more than 300 properties around the temple were acquired and over 1400 shopkeepers, tenants, and homeowners were rehabilitated to facilitate the construction of the corridor which mainly aims at ensuring easy movement of devotees and pilgrims between the temple and the Ghats. During the course of this project, various art on temple walls dating back to 1777 was restored and over 40 temples were discovered and restores during the demolition drive.

After the inauguration, PM Modi said that today’s India is focused on retrieving the glory of the nation along with its modernization. He also said “Today’s new India is not only constructing the temple at Ayodhya but also constructing medical colleges in every district. Today’s new India is not only renovating Kashi Vishwanath Dham but also building pukka houses for our poor. Today’s India not only beautifies the Somnath temple but is also laying optical fibers in the sea. Today’s India is not only renovating the Baba Kedarnath temple but is excelling in the space projects. No matter how big the challenge is, we Indians know how to defeat it,” he concluded. He had also earlier greeted the construction workers involved in this project with flowers.

 

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