It hasn't been long since Narendra Modi stood at the steps of the Ganga and hailed the people of Varanasi to elect him as their representative in parliament. Almost 11 months ago, during his campaign, Modi said that a divine power drew him to Varanasi, "Main aaya nahin hoon. Mujhe Maa Ganga ne bulaya hai" (I have not just come. I have been called by Mother Ganges herself).
Ganga and the Ghats
Modi had promised Varanasi a massive effort to clean up the Ganga and the Ghats. He even set up the National Mission for Clean Ganga. Today, a great deal of work has been done in this effort, a number of Ghats in Varanasi have been cleaned and work is being done on the others. "Modi is here and changes are visible. There may be some delay in work but transformation of Varanasi looks inevitable," says Praveen Kumar, an employee of Banaras Mercantile Bank.
Assi Ghat, which is known to accommodate over 20,000 people during festivals like Shivratri, is one of the biggest achievements of the up-liftment of Varanasi. Large portions of the Ghat that were buried under silt and grime are now visible, changing the entire facade of the Ghat.
Infrastructure and Roads
The crumbling infrastructure of Varanasi is groaning under the weight of its 18 lakh residents and hoards of visitors. There is an acute traffic problem due to narrow roads and no work has been started on uplifting this section of Modi's development programme. There has been extensive talk about the Varanasi-Kyoto pact, an initiative that will help make Varanasi a 'smart' city, yet there has been no action on this front either. Source: team-bhp.com