- Published: 31 December 2021
he Varanasi Smart City received gifts worth Rs. 325.35 crore from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated and laid the foundation of other multiple projects in Varanasi on Thursday.
According to spokesperson of Varanasi Smart City, Shakambhari Nandan Sonthalia, the PM gifted many projects, including redevelopment of Beniabagh Park and construction of basement parking, redevelopment work of five wards, development and beautification work of two ponds, installation of advance surveillance cameras, and urban revitalization of road and junction improvement phase-1.
Beniabagh Park has been redeveloped at a cost of Rs. 90.42 crore in an area of 55,000 square meters, and includes facilities like jogging track, pergolas, pathways, food kiosks, gazebo, open air amphitheatre, reflexology park, skating area, open gym, kids play area, trampoline, fountain, drinking water and facilities like toiletries, etc.
In addition, an advanced basement parking has been constructed in an area of 15,500 sq.m., which has a capacity of 470 four-wheelers and 130 two-wheelers. Apart from this, various signage, fire fighting system, etc., have been provided in the parking lot.
An amount of Rs. 65.53 crore was invested on the redevelopment works in the five wards of old Kashi area including Dashashwamedh (Rs. 16.22 crore), Kal Bhairav (Rs. 13.53 crore), Rajmandir (Rs. 13.53 crore), Jangambadi (Rs. 12.65 crore) and Gadhwasi Tola (9.60 crore). The dilapidated sewer and water lines were replaced followed by installation of traditional ‘chowka’ stones over plain cement concrete (PCC).
The redevelopment and beautification of Nadesar and Sonbhadra ponds were done at the cost of Rs. 4.40 crore. Earlier, these ponds were in a dilapidated condition which has been redeveloped as a new site for the local residents and tourists. Open gym, jogging track, pathway, gazebo, benches, offerings and drinking water facilities have been provided in the periphery of the two ponds.
In view of the safety of local residents, tourists and visitors in Varanasi, installation of more than 2,200 cameras at 720 places has been done at the cost of Rs. 140 crore. Advanced surveillance cameras equipped with facilities like facial recognition, automatic number plate recognition, speed violation alert, wrong way detection alert have been installed in key areas of the city.
Along with this, the Kashi Integrated Command and Control Center at Sigra has also been expanded in which modern viewing centres, data centres, etc., have been made.
A fund of Rs. 25.00 crore was spent on urban revitalization of road and junction improvement phase-1 which included reconstruction work of the major, Girjaghar-Godauliya-Maidagin and Sonarpura-Bhelupur roads.
- Redevelopment of Beniabagh Park and construction of basement parking: Rs. 90.42 Cr
- Redevelopment work of 5 wards (Kal Bhairav, Dashashwamedh, Jangambari, Rajmandir, Garhwasi Tola Ward): Rs. 65.53 Cr
- Kal Bhairav Ward: Rs 13.53 Cr
- Dashashwamedh Ward: Rs 16.22 Cr
- Jangambari Ward: Rs 12.65 Cr
- Raj Mandir Ward: 13.53 Cr
- Gadhwasi Tola Ward: 9.60 Cr
- Development and beautification work of two ponds: Nadesar and Sonbhadra pond: Rs 4.40 Cr
- Installation of Advance Surveillance Cameras at 720 locations: Rs 140 Cr
- Urban Revitalization of Road and Junction Improvement Phase 1: Rs 25.00 Cr
Quelle/Source: The Times of India, ________