Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi and received the country’s first container consignment (post independence) to be sent on an on inland waterways vessel on Monday. This consignment containing cargo of the food and beverage company Pepsico set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October. 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.

PM Modi also inaugurated the four-lane Babatpur-Varanasi highway and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Daipur. Babatpur Airport highway will link Varanasi to the airport and go on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. With a flyover at Harhua and an ROB at Tarna, the road will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport. This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city. According to an official statement, the Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I highway, which is 16.55 kilometre long, has been built at a cost of over 759 crore rupees Aand the Babatpur-Varanasi road, 17.25-kilometre-long highway, is built with Rs 812 crore.

Apart from major road projects in the state, the prime minister also announced the government’s plans related to cleaning of the River Ganga. According to reports, PM Modi has sanctioned around Rs 913.07 crore for 8 projects of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the Namami Gange programme.

Here are the highlights of PM Modi in Varanasi:

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PM Modi in Varanasi

In his speech, PM Modi said that today is a historic day for all of Kashi, Purvanchal, east India and the whole of India. Today Varanasi and the whole country have become witness to that work of development which was supposed to be done decades ago.

PM Modi in Varanasi

After inaugurating the first multi modal terminal project, PM Modi addressed an event in Varanasi and said that Eastern Uttar Pradesh will be now connected to the Bay of Bengal.

PM Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed the green signal to the first multi modal terminal project in presence of the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

PM Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the first multi modal terminal constructed on River Ganga.

PM Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath at the first multi modal terminal constructed on river Ganga in Varanasi

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