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PM Modi to launch gas pipeline project in Varanasi

The Prime Minister will launch 'Urja Ganga', the gas pipeline project which promises to provide piped cooking gas to residents of Varanasi within two years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday launch a number of projects including a 1,500-km-long gas pipeline costing Rs. 51,000 crore, in his visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.

The Prime Minister will launch ‘Urja Ganga’, the gas pipeline project which promises to provide piped cooking gas to residents of Varanasi within two years.

Ahead of his visit, elaborate security arrangements were in place in this ancient temple town in view of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day when he is scheduled to launch a number of projects including a 1500-km-long gas pipeline costing Rs. 51,000 crore.

PM Modi will arrive in his Lok Sabha constituency immediately after addressing a rally in Mahoba, a district in the impoverished Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.

At the function organized in the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) here, the Prime Minister is scheduled to launch a number of projects, including “Urja Ganga”, a 1500-km-long gas pipeline costing Rs. 51,000 crore, which will cater to millions of people in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.

The Prime Minister will be welcomed by UP Governor Ram Naik and Union Ministers of State Dharmendra Pradhan, Manoj Sinha, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Anupriya Patel.

According to media reports, an invitation for the function was sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, however, he  deputed his cabinet colleague Brahmashankar Tripathi to receive the Prime Minister in case pressing engagements at Lucknow prevent him from coming to Varanasi.

To get a clear view of the Prime Minister, half-a-dozen LED screens have been installed in various corners of the ground.

Twenty-one Superintendents of Police, 17 Additional SPs and 43 Deputy SPs will be supervising 22 inspectors, 326 ASIs, 400 head constables, 1199 constables and 105 women constables.

Media reports said as many as 100 CCTV cameras have been installed in the vicinity of the DLW premises while overhead water tanks have been transformed into watch towers with security personnel perched atop.

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