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Modi’s surprise inspection in Varanasi

PM Modi was received by UP CM Yogi Adityanath when he landed in Varanasi and had a rousing welcome from the people of his Lok Sabha constituency on Monday.

With Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in town, PM Modi again visited the Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor and took a tour of the temple complex.

The PM next visited Banaras railway station, where he walked on the platforms of the revamped railway station at 1:13 am. He also inquired about the facilities developed for passengers.

There is palpable excitement among a majority of the residents of the temple town and domestic tourists flocking the holy shrine of the Hindus in the run-up to the high-profile event, in view of which the police security in Varanasi has been stepped up.

“Banaras is a heart of culture, the cradle of civilisation and ‘Kashi Vishwanath ki Nagari’. Look at the beautiful decoration, I am very happy and the new corridor will surely bring more tourism and greater glory for my city, and for India,” he said, as he pointed to a shobha yatra poster hung at the famous street intersection.

The scale of the project was such that it is now spread over a massive area of about five lakh square feet, whereas earlier premises were limited to just around 3,000 square feet. Despite the Covid pandemic, the work on the project has been completed on schedule, the PMO said.

The Prime Minister, on Tuesday, will also participate in a conclave of Chief Ministers from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, along with the Deputy Chief Ministers from Bihar and Nagaland.

The conclave will provide an opportunity to share governance-related best practices and is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of furthering team India spirit.

This is expected to be PM Modi’s final official visit to Uttar Pradesh for unveiling projects before the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect in the poll-bound state. The BJP is putting up a big show of strength in Varanasi during PM Modi’s visit, with the chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states in attendance for both these days.

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