Updated: November 12, 2018 5:20:02 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Monday, where he is slated to announce a slew of projects worth Rs 2,413 crore. He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of several urban development and electricity-related projects. The prime minister’s announcements are also expected to include his government’s plans regarding cleaning of the Ganga.
An official of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) said eight projects at the cost of Rs 913.07 crore have been sanctioned for Varanasi under the Namami Gange programme. “In addition, sewerage projects worth Rs 703.14 crore have been taken up under JNNURM and AMRUT schemes which include a sewerage network in the trans Varuna area, a 120 million litres per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant (STP) at Goitha and house service connections among others,” the official added.
The prime minister will lay the foundation stone for a sewage management project at Ramnagar worth Rs 72.91 crore. The town currently generates an estimated 300 MLD, which is expected to increase to 400 MLD by 2035. At present, the three operational STPs have 102 MLD treatment capacity, said officials.
“These projects along with existing STPs will create a total sewage treatment capacity of 412 MLD, adequate to meet the sewage treatment demand till 2035 and solve the problems of untreated sewer entering the Ganga at Varanasi,” an official said.
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Modi will also inaugurate the four-lane widening of a road from Babatpur to Varanasi city, phase-1 of Varanasi Ring Road, an inland waterways multi-model terminal and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Daipur.
He will be laying foundation stones for a Drivers’ Training Institute for Varanasi district, a heliport in Ramnagar, a raised footpath on BHU Road etc. His announcements may also include a proposal for a meeting hall at Varanasi Circuit House.
The prime minister will address a public meeting during his visit. He will be accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Satyapal Singh.
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