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PM holds meeting to review Varanasi’s development projects

PM holds meeting to review Varanasi’s development projects

Varanasi: Through video conferencing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting on various development projects going on in Varanasi.  Besides reviewing Kashi Vishwanath Mandir complex, he also discussed the efforts undertaken for effective management of COVID.

The meeting was attended by UP ministers Neelakanth Tiwari, 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, and municipal commissioner Gaurang Rathi.

Reviewing the progress of Kashi Vishwanath Dham Project, PM directed that all old temples which were unearthed during the development of project should be protected and preserved.  Help of experts should be taken to maintain their historical and architectural legacy.  Carbon dating should be conducted so that these temples and their importance is highlighted to the tourist and the pilgrims.  The Kashi Vishwanath Trust should prepare a route map with appropriate tourist guides to facilitate the pilgrims who make a visit in this complex.

PM holds meeting to review Varanasi’s development projects

PM took a detailed review of all the projects which are being undertaken in Varanasi.  He was informed that more than 100 major projects within the financial out flow of around Rs.8000 crores are currently being undertaken in Varanasi for creation of social and physical infrastructure like hospital buildings, national waterways, ring roads, by-pass, International Convention Centre ‘Rudraksh’ built with Indo-Japan collaboration and other.

PM exhorted the officials to expedite completion of development works within the timelines and also maintain highest standards of quality. He directed that optimum utilisation of non-renewable energy should be utilised for creation of next generation infrastructure.  Saturation of households and street lights with LED bulbs should be taken on mission mode in the district.

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For increasing the tourism and travel foot print in Kashi, he directed that works of cruise tourism, light and sound show, rejuvenation of Khidkiya and Dashaswamedh Ghats, display of Ganga Aarti through Audio-Video screens should be fast tracked.  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.

PM holds meeting to review Varanasi’s development projects

He also directed the officials to identify a model road which, with a suitable theme reflecting this heritage of Kashi to be developed as a Gaurav Path with active participation of the local citizens. He further directed that Kashi being a tourist destination should excel in all parameters of sanitation and cleanliness.  All efforts should be taken so as to achieve the desired levels of ODF plus, use of mechanised sweeping and cleaning, ensuring 100% door-to-door waste collection and making the entire environment very positive and healthy.

PM said that Varanasi should become a hub of National Waterway connecting the city to Haldia.  Planning should be done for development of entire eco-system, cargo shipping and freight movement.  He also directed the officials to complete the expansion and modernisation works of the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport on priority, so that Kashi becomes one of the leading cities which provides state-of-art rail, road, water and air connectivity.

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PM also reviewed the progress of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat announcements and directed that the benefits of this scheme should reach the citizens expeditiously.  The progress of PM SVANidhi Scheme for street vendors should be closely monitored.  All street vendors should be equipped with appropriate technology and infrastructure, for helping them switch to cashless transactions.  Their bank accounts should be opened up and their business and credit profile should be digitally linked, so that they utilise maximum benefit of the collateral free loans under the PM SVANidhi Scheme.

PM holds meeting to review Varanasi’s development projects

PM emphasised that farmers are one of the key priorities of the government and intensive efforts should be made to enhance their incomes. He directed for promotion of bee keeping and highlighted the potential of bee wax in augmenting the income of the farmers. The officials were asked ensure settting up a packaging institute in Varanasi on priority, so as to enable the farmers get better purchase of their products and make them export ready in Varanasi itself.  He appreciated the efforts of the administration for promotion of export of vegetables and mangoes in collaboration with the APEDA (Ministry of Commerce).

He said that focus should be on creation of wealth from the generated waste either in the form of waste to energy or waste to compost for the use of farmers should be popularised and promoted.  He also highlighted that zero budget farming should be promoted and propagated among farmers highlighting their tangible and intangible benefits.

PM holds meeting to review Varanasi’s development projects

The preparation for tacking the ongoing COVID pandemic was also reviewed in detail. PM highlighted extensive and effective utilisation of Aarogya Setu App for testing, tracing and ensuring quality treatment of patients through this medium.  Efforts made by the district administration for providing food, shelter and quarantine services were also appreciated.

He directed that appropriate skill mapping of the returning migrant workers being taken up on priority and they should be provided gainful employment on the basis of their skill sets. Feedback was also taken about the positive impact of PM Garib Kalyan Yojana and State Government led COVID relief schemes in time of distress.

PM also reviewed the progress of Gram Panchayat Development Programme prepared by NITI Aayog reflecting his vision about saturation of Varanasi district on nine key sectors of rural development, panchayatiraj, sanitation, health and nutrition, education, social welfare, agriculture and allied activities and the livelihood and the skill domains.

He said that nutrition should be promoted as a community movement of Anganwadi Centres, self help groups. Adoption of Aanganwadi Centres by different organisation and community members, arranging healthy baby competition and creating variety of food items from children’s weaning food was also suggested by PM.

 

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