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World City Expo, UP's biggest cricket stadium in Kashi soon

VARANASI: The millennia-old city Varanasi will soon have world class modern amenities like World City Expo, Medi City, UP’s biggest cricket stadium of international standard and many others.

Urban development principal secretary Nitin Ramesh Gokarn presented the action plan for development of Varanasi before chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who arrived here on a two-day visit, on Friday.

During the presentation, Gokarn said the urban development department will build a World City Expo, which will act as a convention center, in Harhua area.

“There is a vast scope of tourism in Varanasi with a flourishing silk industry along with handicrafts like wooden toys, which need to be promoted. But, due to the high density of population, the city deals with problems like traffic congestion and shortage of parking space. A World City Expo in Harhua area will address the needs of the city,” the official said.

Besides, Medi City equipped with various healthcare services will also be constructed in Babatpur and Sarnath areas,” the official said. Gokarn further explained that there is a need to shift the big markets elsewhere in a systematic manner so that large size vehicles will not enter the city and the issues like pollution and traffic woes will be solved. Besides, the environmental issues have been fully taken care of in the prepared master plan, he added. CM Yogi, who held a meeting with public representatives and officials at Circuit House to review the progress of development works, appreciated the action plan.

Instructing the officers, the CM said the development programmes and construction projects should be completed on time with quality standards adherence. While reviewing the proposed international cricket stadium in Ganjari, CM directed the commissioner to increase the capacity by 30,000 in consultation with the BCCI. The administration has purchased 31 acres of land from farmers with a fund of Rs 120 crore released by the UP government. The BCCI will spend Rs 300 crore for construction of the stadium with 30,000 seating capacity. BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla and secretary Jai Shah along with UP Cricket Association officebearers and divisional commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma recently visited the site.

The CM directed officials to install signage indicating directions for the convenience of devotees and tourists at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham and for other necessary information. He also directed to install a display board displaying information in other languages. Stressing on the need for counseling of police personnel deployed at Kashi Vishwanath Dham, the CM said behavior of police personnel with the devotees should be in harmony. The commissioner said tourist information centres have been made operational at Babatpur, Godaulia, Assi Ghat and Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

He informed that a website is also being developed by the Smart City for the convenience of tourists. The CM further directed officials concerned to fix the rate of boats according to each ghat on the lines of Prayagraj. The CM was also apprised of the strike by employees of Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam. He directed that arrangements should be made to ensure that the general public does not face any kind of trouble due to the protest and names of those workers creating the chaos be listed for necessary action