Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 16 schemes worth Rs 220 crore in Varanasi. He informed that the work has already begun on 14 schemes worth Rs 400 crore. The projects inaugurated by the PM includes Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Ramnagar, infrastructure facilities for conservation of cows, smart lighting work for Varanasi City, sewerage related works, a multipurpose seed storehouse, among others.
The Prime Minister also informed that under the Ganga Action Plan, the renovation of the sewage treatment plant project has been completed. He further listed various infrastructure works being carried out in Varanasi city. These works include decoration of ghats, launch of CNG for pollution reduction and construction of a Tourist Plaza at Dashashwamedh Ghat, among others.
He said the situation of the ghats is improving. He also launched a light and sound programme at Sarnath and said, “a large part of Kashi is being freed from hanging electric wires.” He informed that another phase of laying underground wires is completed.
He said the connectivity of Varanasi has been a top priority for the Government. Varanasi is being equipped with modern infrastructure to make life easier for the residents as well as the visitors of the city. The Prime Minister said the city has also witnessed remarkable work on health infrastructure so much so it has fast become a hub of health facilities for the entire Purvanchal.
Several facilities are being launched for the farmers in Purvanchal and Varanasi and these range from storage to transport. Some of these facilities include Milk Processing Plant, International Rice Institute, Construction of Perishable Cargo Centre, etc. He also launched a godown with a storage capacity of 100 MT with the aim to expand the storage facilities for farmers in Kashi.
The Prime Minister said the farmers and the poor in the village are the pillars of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat campaign and they are also the biggest beneficiaries of this mission. He said while the agricultural reforms will directly benefit the farmers, the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana is helping the street vendors affected by the pandemic in getting easy loans through which they can resume their work.
The Prime Minister also informed about ‘Swamitva Yojana’ launched to provide legal rights to the people living in the villages on their lands and houses. He added that now it will be easier for them to get a loan on the village house or land.