• Modi’s Urjaa Ganga to bring cooking gas flow in Varanasi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and lay the foundation stone for the ‘Urja Ganga’ project, aimed at providing piped natural gas (PNG) to all the households in the city.

    He will also lay the foundation stone for the doubling of Varanasi-Allahabad rail track and electrification of the Varanasi-Allahabad rail section. Modi will also dedicate to the nation a dual rail engine that runs on both electricity as well as diesel. The special engine has been manufactured in Diesel Locomotives Works (DLW), Varanasi.

    As part of the Urjaa Ganga project, a 1,500 Kilometer long pipeline will also be set up to ramp up availability of cooking gas for households in the region at an estimated cost of Rs 51,000 crore.

    Ahead of the PM’s visit, BJP workers in the region had launched a cleanliness drive in the city. Among those overseeing the preparedness of the event for Modi’s visit are Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Human Resource and Development Mahendra Nath Pandey.

    As part of the programme, Modi is expected to launch a stamp dedicated to the city of Varanasi and also lay the foundation for a road project. Officials informed Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have been invited for the foundation laying ceremony of ‘Urja Ganga’ project.

    The PM will fly from Mahoba by a special Indian Army helicopter which will land at the Dereka helipad around 3:55 PM. From there, he is expected to head to the main venue at Dereka Inter college ground to lay the foundation stone for the various projects.

    Later, he will leave for Delhi by a special aircraft from the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport at Babatpur. Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey

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