The Prime Minister will miss his date with Varanasi on Tuesday owing to bad weather though the temple town was all spruced up following a rigorous 72-hour makeover in the run-up to the expected visit.
District officials in Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency left nothing to chance as they mended roads, fixed power supply and swept up garbage before the PM’s two-day trip that was postponed indefinitely on Sunday.
Modi won the parliamentary polls from Varanasi and Gujarat's Vadodara. He later retained the UP seat and promised to develop the city, including cleaning up the Ganga. A lion's share of the Centre's multi-crore Namami Gange plan will be spent on Varanasi and a facelift for 84 river-front ghats is also on the agenda.
Civic agencies in Varanasi pooled their resources to patch up battered roads across the city. An entire stretch from Police Lines to Chaukaghat, Samneghat, Bhelupur and Lanka was covered up, and the situation was similar in Kakarahiya village which Modi was to adopt under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
Faulty streetlamps light up
Locals say the high-mast lights in the Lanka area were out of order for many months. After the news of the PM’s arrival, Varanasi Municipal Corporation went into an overdrive and repaired faulty streetlights all over the city.
Late-night blackouts are commonplace in Varanasi, but the city went without a power cut for three days after the announcement of Modi’s visit. This came as huge relief for residents as almost the entire state of Uttar Pradesh has been reeling under an acute power crisis.
Heaps of garbage are a common sight in this temple town. However, this time the municipal corporation scanned the entire city for trash and garbage dumps overflowing with waste were also unburdened.