The revival of Kashi is important not just for India but for the World; for, Kashi is the most ancient living city on the planet. It is the doorway that has enabled thousands of seekers, to find expression to human longing: Sadhguru
New Delhi: The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi is aimed at transforming pilgrims’ experience of the temple town. The project is now spread over a massive area of about five lakh square feet while the earlier project was limited to just around 3,000 square feet.
The architect of the project is Bimal Patel, who is also in charge of the Central Vista redevelopment project in New Delhi.
- The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi connects the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the ghats along the river Ganga.
- The project is aimed at ensuring easy movement of pilgrims between the ghats and the temple. Earlier, they had to pass through congested streets to reach the temple.
- The first phase of the project, which PM Modi inaugurated, has been built at a cost of Rs 339 crore. The first phase is spread across an area of about 5 lakh sq feet and comprises 23 buildings.
- The buildings will provide a variety of facilities to the pilgrims visiting the temple, including a tourist facilitation center, Vedic Kendra, Mumukshu Bhavan, bhojshala, city museum, viewing gallery, and food court.
- The foundation stone was laid in 2019 for the project which will cost about Rs 800 crore overall. Over 300 properties have been acquired to implement the grand plan. About 1,400 shopkeepers, tenants, and homeowners were rehabilitated.