March 25, 2024

On December 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his second consecutive trip in 10 days to Varanasi to inaugurate yet another lot of development projects that were reportedly worth hundreds of crores of rupees. According to press releases from the public relations departments of the Uttar Pradesh and Central governments, the Prime Minister launched a total of 22 development projects worth more than Rs.870 crore.

These included projects for which the foundation stones were being laid as well as ones that had been completed or were in various stages of completion. The projects covered diverse aspects of social and economic life ranging from housing, health, public infrastructure, dairy development, beautification and sanitation of civic services, enhancement of educational facilities and tourism promotion ventures. The biggest project, worth Rs 475 crore, was for dairy development, for which Modi laid the foundation stone.

Barely 10 days earlier, Modi visited Varanasi on December 13-14 to inaugurate the first phase of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor, which was constructed reportedly at a cost of Rs.399 crore. The functions during this visit also included a conclave of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers, which was branded as a national convergence to showcase the new and improved premises and approach road to the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir. The Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal…

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