PM Modi visited his constituency Varanasi and celebrated his 68th birthday. On this occasion, he inaugurated projects like Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi and Atal Incubation Centre at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Besides that, he also announced projects worth over Rs. 550 crores.
One of the projects for which the foundation stones were laid was the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at BHU. This would bring Varanasi a step closer to become a medical hub.
Wrapping up his two-day visit to Varanasi, PM Modi said work done in the city is clearly visible.
“Our endeavour is to bring a transformation in Kashi, while keeping intact its traditions and preserving its age-old heritage. Otherwise you have been witness to the system, when our Kashi was at the mercy of Bholey (Bholey ke Bharosey), and it was left to its fate.”PM Modi
The prime minister said only after Yogi Adityanath took over the state, that work is going on expeditiously. Earlier government deliberately tried to slower the pace as he mentioned that the Ring road project gathered dust before 2014.
In his 40-minute address, he said projects worth Rs. 550 crore have either been dedicated to the public or foundation stones laid today.
“This development work not only covers Varanasi but adjoining areas as well,” he said.
Striking an emotional chord with the audience, PM Modi began his speech in local dialect and chanted “Har, Har, Mahadev”, amid loud applause from the audience at the amphitheatre of BHU.