Promises, plans and projects for the PM’s constituency.
Ganga & other rivers
Rs 4,200 crore in Modi govt’s first budget for 1,620-km Allahabad-Haldia waterway, with Varanasi among terminals. Cleaning of Ganga. From UP govt, uniform colour plan for 84 Ganga ghats at Rs 33.86 crore. Centre plans Assi and Varuna riverfronts, modelled on Sabarmati’s. UP govt too plans a Varuna corridor with a riverfront.
Varanasi among seven cities for Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana, or HRIDAY. Joint secretary, urban development, Praveen Prakash recently visited Varanasi. Includes extension of city, protection of sites and modern communication systems. Plans to develop Sarnath, Babatpur, Kashi and others as satellite towns.
Air, road, rail
Extension of Babatpur airport runway from 275 m to 3,500 m (international standard); Ministry of Civil Aviation has sought 175 acres. Revival of outer ring road project. Remodelling of five railway stations @ Rs 225 crore (estimated). Urban Development Ministry discussing possibility of Metro rail.
For waste water and sewage, rather than laying a network of pipes, Urban Development Ministry plans standalone recycling plants of capacity 1 to 2 MLD in small areas, each at Rs 2 to 3 crore. For solid waste, ministry again suggests decentralised recycling plants in areas between a quarter and half of an acre.
Farmers & weavers
Centre plans 27 agricultural marketing hubs to help small-scale farmers sell their produce. Each hub will have five shops, more or less equally spaced. For weavers, a Trade and Crafts Felicitation Centre is the first step, with the Prime Minister laying the foundation stone on Friday.