Members of Bill Gates delegation to meet Varanasi Mayor

  • Pawan Dixit, Hindustan Times, Varanasi
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2014 20:46 IST

A high profile delegation of Microsoft Founder Bill Gates will arrive in Kashi on Tuesday to meet Mayor Ram Gopal Mohle to know about development and sanitation projects being carried out in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.

Bill Gates, however, would not be part of the delegation. Bill Gates, the Co-chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is in India on a charity mission.

Varanasi is hogging limelight globally after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a pledge at the historic Dashashwamedh ghat to clean Ganga.

The delegation would meet Mayor Ram Gopal Mohle to know about development projects being executed in PM Modi’s constituency.

As Modi has stressed on making Kashi clean, the delegates would also seek information from Mayor about efforts being made to keep the city clean.

“Members of the Bill Gates delegation will arrive in Varanasi on Tuesday,” said Mayor Ram Gopal Mohle.

The Mayor’s office at the Varanasi Municipal Corporation has swung into action to welcome the high profile delegation.

Following the visit of the Bill Gates delegation, a high profile visit of officials from US embassy to Varanasi would take place in mid –November.

Poornima Kamath, an official from the Economic office, US embassy, has communicated to Mayor Ram Gopal Mohle about the visit of US officials to Varanasi.

Economic Officer Scott Schlossberg, US embassy and other senior officials would visit Varanasi in mid-November.

Officials from the US embassy would meet the Mayor to know about the Ganga rejuvenation plan of which Kashi is the epi-centre.

The US embassy has also shown keen interest in development projects being rolled out in PM Modi’s constituency for developing this oldest living city in the world into a smart city.

Recently, PM Modi during his visit to Japan signed a ‘Partner City’ MoU with Japan to develop Varanasi into a smart city by using the experience of Kyoto.

Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan, is also known as the city of ten thousand shrines.

Indian ambassador Deepa Wadhwa and Kyoto mayor Daisaka Kodokawa had signed the historic pact that provides for cooperation in heritage conservation of Kashi and its modernisation to develop it into a smart city.

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