Saturday, April 30th, 2016

PM Narendra Modi to visit Varanasi, launch e-boats

Narada Desk | April 30, 2016 3:29 pm Print
Narendra Modi, Cabinet Reshuffle
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra (Photo: IANS/PIB)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi tomorrow where he will launch solar-powered boats for plying on river Ganga apart from distributing 1,000 e-rickshaws. It will be  the country’s first e-boats . As per media reports, the PM will flag off a fleet of 11 e-boats on May 1 after an interaction at one of the Ganga ghats with boatmen from the nishad community.

The Prime Minister will arrive at the Babatpur airport from New Delhi by a special aircraft and will leave by helicopter for Ballia in eastern Uttar Pradesh to launch the Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). PMUY scheme aims to provide free LPG connections to about five crore families living below poverty line across the country.

From Ballia, the Prime Minister will fly back to Varanasi where will preside over a function to distribute 1,000 e-rickshaws to beneficiaries at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) ground.

Modi will then visit “Jnana Pravaha”, a centre of cultural studies and research, in Samne Ghat area. The centre was founded in 1997 by city-borne philanthropist Bimla Poddar, who was conferred with Padma Shri last year.

The Jnana Pravaha boasts of a museum with rare artefacts belonging to ancient and medieval ages, a library equipped with rare books and manuscripts and a handicraft atelier where artisans churn out exquisite specimens of brass, copper and Ashtadhatu (alloy comprising eight metals).

The Prime Minister will thereafter head to the Assi Ghat on river Ganga, where he will launch 11 solar-powered “e-boats’’. Sanjay Bhardwaj, BJP’s eastern UP media incharge, informed the media .The PM will flag off a fleet of 11 e-boats following which he will also interact with boatmen at the Assi ghat.

 Tight security arrangements will be made for the visit by the administration which is already on an alert after a hand grenade was seized at district court few days back sending the security forces in a tizzy.

Widespread use of motorboats, mostly powered by diesel, has been a cause for concern in view of the alarming pollution level in the holy river. The introduction of “e-boats” is being seen as a remedial measure.

This will be the Prime Minister’s third tour of his parliamentary constituency since January this year.