PM Modi to visit Varanasi on Monday
Modi is also scheduled to flag off projects like doubling of railway tracks on the busy Allahabad-Varanasi section and expansion of the Diesel Locomotive Works.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday visit his Lok Sabha constituency where he will launch a number of ambitious projects including a 1,500-km-long gas pipeline costing Rs. 51,000 crore and doubling of railway tracks on a busy route.
This is PM Modi's eighth visit in the state since holding the Prime Minister's post. The former Gujarat Chief Minister wil launch "Urja Ganga", the gas pipeline project which promises to provide piped cooking gas to residents of Varanasi within two years and, in another year thereafter, cater to millions of people in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
According to media reports, Modi is also scheduled to flag off projects like doubling of railway tracks on the busy Allahabad-Varanasi section and expansion of the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanashi besides laying foundation stone for a fully air-conditioned perishable cargo centre.
Following the inaugurations, he will also release a stamp dedicated to the ancient temple town, which is believed to be among the oldest surviving ones in the world.
In addition, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for widening of a road passing through the city's crowded Cantonment area.
Ahead of his visit, security arrangements have been beefed up in place across the city where the Special Protection Group (SPG) has been camping since Friday to oversee preparations for the Prime Minister's visit.
The sprawling DLW premises, where the PM is likely to reach by a helicopter, has been declared a "no fly zone" until his departure tomorrow evening.
The city has been abuzz with activity for the past few days during which a number of Union Ministers like Piyush Goyal (Power), Dharmendra Pradhan (Petroleum) and Manoj Sinha (Railways) have visited the venue of the function and supervised preparations for the Prime Minister's tour of his parliamentary constituency, which comes close to six months after his previous trip on May 1 this year.
Local unit of the BJP, on its part, has launched a cleanliness drive across the city besides putting up posters at various places highlighting the various welfare schemes launched since Modi assumed power.