Installation of 22 handpumps, construction and broadening of 22 roads, five works of electrification, construction of drains and sewerage in two localities and extra chairs at Varanasi and Kashi railway stations are the main projects sanctioned from the first installment of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Incidentally, Modi has not allocated any money from his MPLADS fund for works in Jayapur village, which he has adopted under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
As many as 53 works in different areas of Rohaniya, Sevapuri, Cantonment, North City and South City assembly segments worth Rs 3.36 crore have been sanctioned, according to information collected from the district rural development agency, Varanasi, through an RTI query. As much as Rs 2 52 crore have been released for these works.
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Janata Inter-College in Sevapuri area has been allocated over Rs 6 lakh for construction of a room and a verandah. As many as Rs 39.77 lakh has been allocated to the Northern Railway for extra chairs at Varanasi and Kashi stations.
While another Rs 8.64 lakh has been sanctioned for installation of handpumps, most of these in villages of Rohaniya and Sevapuri assembly segments, Rs 15.96 lakh has been allocated for installation of a tubewell in Cantonment. As many as Rs 6.48 lakh has been allocated to the works of electrification, including the installation of a transformer, and change of old electricity poles and wires.
While Rs 3.08 crore have been allocated for the construction and upgradation of roads and pavements, Rs 22.36 lakh has been allotted to the construction of drains and sewerage.
DRDA, project director, Chitrasen Singh said they have received the recommendations of works worth Rs 4.5 crore from Modi’s MPLADS fund.
“While the first installment of about Rs 2.5 crore has been released. Works recommended for remaining amount have been sent to the Ministry of Rural Development for examination and will be implemented after getting their nod,” he said.
Under the MPLADS, an MP can recommend works up to Rs 5 crore in his or her constituency every year.