PM Narendra Modi launched various development projects in Varanasi today including dedication of inland waterway terminal, key highway projects and sewage treatment plants.
Addressing a public meeting, PM Modi cited how the projects would not only open new avenues of growth for people of Varanasi but also enhance connectivity in the region.
While dedicating to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi PM MOdi said, “I welcomed country’s first container vessel a while ago. This work took decades, but I am happy that the dream that India saw, has been materialised on the land of Kashi. This container vessel means growth for eastern India.”
PM Modi also received the country’s first container consignment (post independence) to be sent on an inland waterways vessel.
This is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on NW-I ( River Ganga) as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga.
PM Modi also inaugurated two important national highways in Varanasi. The 16.55 km Varanasi Ring Road and the Babatpur Airport highway having a total length of 34 kilometres were constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore.
PM Modi was accompanied by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources Nitin Gadkari.
PM Modi said that it is a special day in the development journey of Kashi, a city that is revered and admired by every Indian.
PM Modi also inaugurated 140 MLD Dinapur Sewage Treatment Plant that he said “will add great strength towards the efforts of cleaning the Ganga.”
“It is gladdening to see Kashi emerge as a textile hub, drawing people from all over the world. This also means the city needs better infrastructure, especially good quality roads, which we are working to provide,” PM Modi said.