Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth Rs 614 crores in Varanasi via video conferencing on Monday.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister will also interact with the beneficiaries of these projects during the event.

"I congratulate the residents of Varanasi on the inauguration of development projects here. It is an example of overall development of Varanasi," said PM Modi. 

"With the blessings of Mahadev, Kashi never stops, like maa Ganga it keeps moving forward. In difficult times of COVID-19, Kashi kept on moving. Varanasi fought with the virus and that is praiseworthy," he said.

"For all the development work here, I congratulate the people of Varanasi. The credit also goes to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his team and to the administrative machinery here," the PM said.

"The development in Varanasi is an indicator that Varanasi is moving ahead in every sector. From cleaning of Ganga to health services, road infrastructure, tourism, electricity, sports and from farmers to poor, Varanasi has got a pace of development," he said.

"Under the Ganga action plan project, the work on sewage treatment plant renovation has completed. Boats will run using CNG which will reduce pollution. There will be a tourist plaza in the Dashamdev ghat. Small traders will also benefit from this plaza as well," he said.

"Today, there are 48 daily flights to Varanasi. With improving connectivity, the number of people visiting the place is also rising. A tourist plaza at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi will facilitate the tourists," he added. 

The projects inaugurated include Sarnath Light and Sound show, up-gradation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital Ramnagar, sewerage related works, infrastructure facilities for protection and conservation of cows, multipurpose seed storehouse, agriculture produce warehouse of 100 MT, IPDS phase 2, a housing complex for players in Sampurnanand Stadium, Varanasi city smart lighting work, along with 105 Anganwadi Kendras and 102 Gau Ashray Kendras.

During the event, the Prime Minister Modi will also laid the foundation stone for projects including the redevelopment of Dashashwamedh Ghat and Khidkiya Ghat, barracks for PAC police force, redevelopment of certain wards of Kashi, parking facility along with the redevelopment of a park in Beniya Bagh, up-gradation of the multi-purpose hall in Girija Devi Sanskritik Sankul, repair work of roads in the city and development of tourist places.