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PM Modi Varanasi merging as major medical hub, making lives easier

By Saima Siddiqui 
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PM Modi Varanasi merging as major medical hub, making lives easier

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, on Thursday to inaugurate various development projects related to road, water transport, education, health and tourism, worth more than Rs 1,500 crore there, as per his office announcement a day ago. PM Modi was sent invitation by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel.

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PM Modi while his stay in the developing city stressed that Kashi is emerging as a major medical hub for Purvanchal (eastern region), adding that medical treatment for which people had to go to Delhi and Mumbai earlier are now available here. Speaking on development works in Kashi in the past seven years during his visit to his parliamentary consitutuency, PM Modi said it is marching ahead on the development path while maintaining its original identity.

He further added that UP is also emerging as a leading investment destination in the country.

Modi also lauded Yogi government for its focus on infrastructure in the state. Referring to ongoing expressway projects in UP, Modi said that improvement in this area is not only making life easier here also help doing business. Mentioning the recent Union government decision of setting up a special fund of Rs 1 lakh crore for improving agriculture infrastructure, he said it will prove to be a step towards making the mandi system modern and well equipped.

Improving the system connected with government procurement and providing many more opportunities to farmers is a priority of the government and the record purchase of wheat and rice this year are its results, he said. Citing development works in the state, Modi said it is difficult to mention all of them and praised CM Yogi Adityanath’s leadership and dedication for it.

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Greeting the PM Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter this morning and expressed ‘heartfelt gratitude’ to the PM for ‘all round development of Varanasi — or Kashi, the city of Baba Vishwanath’. “Today, honourable prime minister will inaugurate Ro-Ro vessels and three-lane flyover bridge on Varanasi-Ghazipur highway for tourism development on river Ganga. Along with promoting tourism and infrastructure, it will prove helpful in creating ‘New Uttar Pradesh of New India’,” CM Yogi further said.

Highlights of the event:

-CM Yogi Adityanathn tells how in 2018, with the help of Japan, the foundation stone of Rudraksh convention centre was laid.

-PM inaugurates International Cooperation & Convention Centre- ‘Rudrakash’, constructed with Japanese assistance

-Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as “commendable” the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh government in combating the COVID-19 crisis.  “The way in which UP has controlled the second Covid wave and stopped its spread is unprecedented,” the prime minister, who arrived at his parliamentary constituency earlier in the morning, said while addressing a gathering. Earlier, even minor problems assumed monstrous proportions due to the shortage of health facilities and the lack of willpower, he said.

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The projects include, as per reports – a 100-bed model maternal and child health (MCH) wing at the Institute of Medical Sciences of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), multi-level parking facilities, highway development projects, and tourism projects as well.

-The PM will inaugurate an international cooperation and convention centre, ‘Rudraksh’, that will offer a glimpse of the cultural richness of the ancient city of Kashi. As many as 108 Rudraksh have been installed at this convention centre and its roof is shaped like a Shiva Linga, officials said, adding that the entire building will glow with LED lights at night.

-The two-storey convention centre has come up at posh Sigra area on 2.87 hectares of land and has a seating capacity of 1,200 people. The officials said the objective of the project is to provide opportunities for social and cultural interactions between people at the international convention centre in Varanasi that would strengthen the city’s competitiveness by developing its tourism sector.

PM Modi Addresses Public In Varanasi | “Kashi has shown that it doesn’t stop or get tired even in difficult times. The past few months have been very difficult for the entire mankind. But entire UP, including Kashi, faced the mutating and dangerous form of Coronavirus with all its might,” said PM Narendra Modi.

PM Modi Addresses Public at BHU

Prime Minister Modi, announcing his upcoming visit to Varanasi, had tweeted out a day ago with well-wishes for the people who voted for him in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Tomorrow, 15th July, I will be in Kashi to inaugurate a wide range of development works worth over Rs. 1500 crore,” he wrote. “These works will further ‘Ease of Living’ for the people of Kashi and Poorvanchal.”

Among several projects, PM Modi will lay the foundation stones for a bunch of other public projects and works in the state, including the Centre for Skill and Technical Support of Central Institute of Petrochemical Engineering and Technology (CIPET), 143 rural projects under Jal Jeevan Mission, and a mango and vegetable integrated packhouse in Karkhiyanv. These projects are worth around ₹839 crore in total, the PMO said.

PM Modi’s Varanasi itinerary also includes inaugurating at 12:15pm the International Cooperation and Convention Centre – Rudrakash, which has been constructed with Japanese assistance. Thereafter, the Prime Minister will inspect the MCH wing in BHU at around 2pm. He will also meet with officials and medical professionals to review the Covid-19 situation in the region, the PMO added.

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