Modi was a regular visitor to Baba Vishwanath and each trip fueled his desire to restore the city’s lost grandeur. The vision began to come true when he presented the holy city’s development and transformation plan after becoming Prime Minister in 2014. The flagship project on his list was of course the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor which connected the Ganges with the Ganges. Kashi Vishwanath temple. .
One of the main purposes of the corridor was to facilitate the entry of pilgrims into the temple which, until now, has been punctuated by crowded streets and a messy passage from the Ganges of the Ganges to the temple. With this in mind, the Prime Minister asked the architects to create a passage that will fill with joy the pilgrims on their way to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
PM Modi not only gave the initial briefing to the architects, but also provided constant insight and feedback for the architectural design, including review via the 3D model of the project. His attention to detail was reflected in his contributions to making the area accessible to people with disabilities.
Modi also played a proactive role in the execution. He followed the progress of the project even during the Covid period through video conferencing. This enabled the project to be completed in record time. “Kashi doesn’t stop or get tired even in the face of adversity,” PM had said.
Modi’s vision was also to ensure that while properties obstructing the proposed corridor were removed, existing heritage structures were also preserved. This foresight came in handy when, during the demolition of buildings, more than 40 ancient temples like Shri Gangeshwar Mahadev temple, Manokameshwar Mahadev temple, Jay Vinayak temple, Shri Kumbha Mahadev temple were discovered, which had been encompassed over the years in multi-storey buildings. along the way. They are not “small” temples; each of them has a history that goes back a few centuries. These rediscovered temples will further enrich the glorious heritage of the city.
This rediscovery of lost heritage is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision and his tireless efforts for cultural restoration by bringing back lost heritage, even from foreign countries. This was recently embodied in her efforts to bring back from Canada the rare idol of Maa Annapurna Devi and her installation at Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Besides the KV DHam project, Modi transformed Varanasi with a host of wellness and upliftment measures. These include the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICC) for traffic and police management; BHU Trauma Center; two cancer hospitals; IMS-BHU upgraded to AIIMS level; a trade facilitation center for weavers, artisans and artisans; supply of clean drinking water; Manduadih station redeveloped into a world class station.