Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening dedicated to the nation several projects costing Rs 2,413 crore including two national highways and an inland waterways terminal on River Ganga at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
The total length of the two highways is 34 kilometre, constructed at a cost of over 1,500 crore rupees.
According to reports, over 16 kilometre Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I has been completed at a cost of over Rs 750 crores, while the 17-kilometre Babatpur-Varanasi road was constructed at a cost of over Rs 800 crore rupees.
The Babatpur Airport highway will link Varanasi to the airport and go on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. With a flyover at Harhua and a road overbridge at Tarna, it 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. These projects will also provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.
During his one day visit to his parliamentary constituency, PM Modi also inaugurated an Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port constructed at the cost of 207 crore rupees on river Ganga at Ramnagar this afternoon.
This is the first of the four Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I on River Ganga as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
The project aims to develop the stretch of the river Ganga between Varanasi and Haldia for the navigation of large vessels.
The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia, and Gazipur. In a major push to India’s Inland Waterways Transportation sector, the Prime Minister also received a large container vessel which travelled for the first time on Inland Waterways in the country.