Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath corridor project that surrounds the Kashi Vishwanath Temple near Dashashwamedh Ghat in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Monday.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that PM Modi, who represents Varanasi in Lok Sabha, will visit the temple around 1:00 p.m. and dedicate phase 1 of the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham after the prayer. This will add to Kashi’s spiritual vibrancy, PM Modi said in a tweet, sharing the update on the initiation in the holy city.
The project was conceived as a project to create an easily accessible way to connect the historic Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the banks of the Ganga River, a PMO statement said.
Phase 1 of the project was built for Rs 339 billion.
In phase 1 of the project, 23 buildings will be inaugurated, offering pilgrims and believers a variety of facilities.
The gates and other structures were built using traditional craftsmanship from stone and other materials.
The project covers an area of 5 lakh square feet while the previous space was limited to only around 3,000 square feet.
The temple corridor project included the purchase and acquisition of over 300 lots around the temple.
Around 1,400 shopkeepers, tenants and homeowners were rehabilitated.
Over 40 ancient temples were rediscovered and restored during the process of demolishing the ancient properties, PMO said.
In 2019 the foundation stone for the temple corridor project was laid.