PM to lay foundation for India’s 1st public transport ropeway in Kashi tomorrow
The 3.75-km Varanasi Cantt station to Godowlia ropeway will have five stations and facilitate the ease of movement for tourists, pilgrims and residents of Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a ₹645 crore passenger ropeway during a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Friday.
The ropeway is among the projects worth ₹1,780 crore which PM Modi will either inaugurate or lay the foundation stone during a programme at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University ground, where he will address a public gathering.
The 3.75-km Varanasi Cantt station to Godowlia ropeway will have five stations and facilitate the ease of movement for tourists, pilgrims and residents of Varanasi.
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“In the first phase, the country’s first public transport ropeway will operate from Cantt to Godowlia in Kashi. When the project takes shape, pilgrims will be able to board the ropeway to reach Godowlia, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Dashashwamedh Ghat,” said Varanasi Development Authority vice-chairman Abhishek Goyal.
Anurag Tripathi, project director, National Highways Logistics Pvt Ltd, said India will be the third country in the world after Bolivia and Mexico City to have a ropeway for public transport.
During his visit, PM Modi will also address the One World TB Summit at Rudrakash Convention Centre during the visit.
PM Modi will launch the TB-Mukt Panchayat initiative, the official pan-India rollout of a shorter preventive treatment and family-centric care model for TB and release of India’s Annual TB Report 2023, a government release stated.
Varanasi chief medical officer Dr Sandeep Chaudhary said, “All preparations for the Tuberculosis Summit have been completed.”
Representative of WHO’s regional office, union health minister Mansukh Mandviya, UP governor Anandiben Patel, chief minister Yogi Adityanath will also participate in the event.
In March 2018, during the End TB summit held in the national Capital, PM Modi had called on India to achieve TB-related SDG (sustainable development goal) targets by 2025, five years ahead of the deadline.