Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Phase 1 of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Uttar Pradesh’s ancient holy city Varanasi. Modi, who is on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, received a rousing welcome from the residents.
Modi began his address with the religious chant “Har, Har Mahadev” and said that as soon as people enter Kashi, they are freed from all bondage.
“The blessings of Lord Vishweshwara, a supernatural energy awakens our inner-soul as soon as we come here,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that when people visit the corridor, they will not only experience faith, but will also feel the glory of their past.
Before the inauguration, Modi interacted with the construction workers who were involved in the construction of the corridor and showered flower petals on them as an appreciation of their efforts. He took a group photograph with the workers.
The Prime Minister also offered prayers at the Kaal Bhiarav temple and took a dip in the holy Ganga, before inaugurating the corridor.
The Phase 1 of the the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor is being constructed at a cost of ₹339 crore. The foundation of the Project was laid by Modi on March 8, 2019.
According to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a total of 23 buildings will be inaugurated in the phase 1 of the project. These buildings will provide a variety of facilities to pilgrims visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, including yatri suvidha kendras (tourist facilitation centre), vedic kendra, mumukshu bhavan, bhogshala, city museum, viewing gallery, food court, among others, the PMO statement added.
The inauguration of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor comes just months ahead of the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath is aiming to retain its rule for a second consecutive time.
Chief minister Adityanath said on Monday that the inauguration was an “unprecedented creation” of history in Varanasi.
“After 400 years, ‘Kashi Vishwanath Dham’ has been revived, thanks to Hon. PM Modi Ji’s resolve. Generations will now bow to this achievement,” Yogi tweeted.