PM’s address at foundation stone laying ceremony of various development projects in Varanasi


  • I feel extremely blessed to have got the opportunity to talk to all of you. And the people of Varanasi are also benefiting from the development work in the city and the decisions taken by the government.
  • And it is possible due to the blessings of Baba Vishwanath. Hence, even though I am virtually present there, we cannot go ahead without emulating the tradition of Kashi.
  • Therefore, whoever is associated with me in the programme, we will all say together – Har har Mahadev! Greetings to all on Dhanteras, Deepavali, Annakoot, Govardhan Puja and Chhat puja!
  • May mother Annapurna bring you prosperity! Let there be more splendour in the markets. Let there be hustle & bustle in the streets of Kashi; let the business of Varanasi sarees also shine brighter!
  • Even while fighting against Corona, our farmers have paid great attention to farming. This time, there has been a bumper crop production in the entire Purvanchal including Varanasi.
  • The hard work of the farmers has not only been for themselves but also for the entire country. The hard work of anna-data is highly appreciative.
  • With Mahadev’s blessings, Kashi never stops. It keeps moving forward like mother Ganga. Even during the difficult times of Corona, Kashi continued to grow in this form.
  • The spirit in which Varanasi has fought against Corona and the social cohesiveness that has been demonstrated in this difficult times is truly admirable.
  • Today projects worth thousands of crores of rupees related to the development of Varanasi are inaugurated and the foundation stones are being laid.
  • Well, this too is because of the blessings of Mahadev that whenever some new project is being started for Kashi, several old projects are already completed by then.
  • That is, laying the foundation stone of a project on one hand and the inauguration on the other. Even today, while 16 schemes worth about Rs 220 crore are being inaugurated, the work has been started on 14 schemes worth around Rs 400 crore.
  • I congratulate the people of Varanasi for all the development projects. In Kashi, Uttar Pradesh, the credit for these ongoing development works goes to Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath ji and his entire team – my cabinet colleagues, elected representatives, and everyone associated with the government machinery.
  • Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Yogi ji and his team for this determined effort of public service.
  • Friends, In the development plan of the city and rural areas of Varanasi, tourism, culture as well as roads, electricity & water should also be there.
  • Every effort will be made to ensure that the wheel of development moves according to the desire of every person of Kashi.
  • Therefore, this development in itself is an example of how Varanasi is moving rapidly in every field and in every direction.
  • From cleanliness of Mother Ganga to health services, from road and infrastructure to tourism; from electricity to sports for youth, and from farmer to village-poor, Varanasi is gaining a new momentum for development.
  • Today, the renovation of the sewage treatment plant under the Ganga Action Plan project has been completed.
  • The foundation-stone of the diversion line has also been laid to prevent excess sewage water from the Shahi Nala flowing into the Ganges.
  • At a cost of more than 35 crores, the Khirkiya ghat is also being renovated. Here, the boats will run on CNG, which will reduce pollution in the Ganges. Similarly, the Tourist Plaza at Dashashwamedh Ghat will also become a centre of tourist attraction and convenience in the coming days.
  • This will also enhance the beauty of the ghat and the facilities too will increase. These plazas will help the local small businesses in increasing their customers and convenience.

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