Ground Report | New Delhi: What is the cost of Kashi Vishwanath corridor; Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for two visits to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi to inaugurate the first phase of the newly built Kashi Vishwanath Dham built at a cost of about Rs 339 crore.
It was the vision of the Prime Minister for a long time, to facilitate the pilgrims and devotees of Baba Vishwanath, who had to face the congested roads and surroundings with poor maintenance, following the age-old practice of taking a dip in the holy river. Collect Gangajal and offer it in the temple.
Kashi Vishwanath Dham was conceptualized as a project to create an easily accessible route connecting Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the banks of river Ganga. To start the work for this noble endeavour, the foundation stone of the project was laid by the Prime Minister on 8th March 2019.
Yesterday PM Modi tweeted, “Tomorrow 13th December is a historic day. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham Project will be inaugurated in a special program in Kashi. This will increase the spiritual vitality of Kashi. I urge all of you to join tomorrow’s program.”
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been renovated for the third time in the history of the last 241 years. The Mughals tried many times to destroy this holy temple. The Kashi Vishwanath temple has suffered a lot due to the attacks of the Mughals. This temple was first renovated in the year 1780 by Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar.
After this, in the year 1853, Maharaja Ranjit Singh had gold studded at many places of this temple. After this, in the year 2019, under the project of PM Modi, the construction work of a grand corridor started in this temple.
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What is the cost of Kashi Vishwanath corridor
- Rs 800 crore: According to The Indian Express, this is the total estimated cost of the project which was launched by the Prime Minister in March 2019, with an aim to restore the “lost glory” of the spiritual centre.
- Rs 399 crore: Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister Neelkanth Tiwari said that this project has been made at a cost of Rs 399 crore. “This is not only taking forward the dignity of Kashi but also creating a boom in the religious tourism of Varanasi. The tourism sector is expected to grow marginally,” Tiwari said.
- 50 feet wide: The corridor is going to grow near Kashi Vishwanath temple and will connect the two ghats of the river Ganga. This will change the area of the temple and pilgrims will no longer need to walk through narrow lanes that often lead to crowds to reach the temple.
- 5000 hectares: Prime Minister Modi’s dream project is built in an area of 5000 hectares and wants to reduce this area for a better experience for the pilgrims. The earlier premises were limited to just 3,000 square feet, PTI reported.
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- 23 Buildings: This is the number of buildings that will be inaugurated on Monday. It will include several facilities for the pilgrims, including a ‘Travellers Facilitation Centre’, a Tourist Facilitation Centre, Vedic Centre, Mumukshu Bhavan, Bhogshala, City Museum, Viewing Gallery, Food Court, etc. Shubh Muhurta has been chosen for the inauguration on Monday.
- 3000 Guests: The inauguration of the project will be attended by about 3000 guests which will include seers, people from various religious mathematics, artists, political leaders, and others.
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