In Hurry to Turn the Corner, Varanasi SeesWork&ChaosAroundEveryBend
Cleanliness messaging is all over the city, on bus stops, ghats, and other public places
Varanasi: Varanasi is inundated with men and machines digging up every other road and lane, earthmovers stationed on already narrow roads, and huge electric cable rolls lining up on roadsides, causing traffic jams all over.
The holy city on the Ganga is no pretty sight as it prepares to go to polls in two weeks from now, but clearly Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabhaconstituencyisinthemiddleof a transformation: a range of central government-sanctioned projects are on simultaneously, and one can spot men at work almost everywhere.
Kyoto or not, PM Modi’s Varanasi model is steadily taking shape. Although every authority in the town concedes that things are slower than expected, almost everybody expects results to start showing up by the end of this calendar. And when it goes to Lok Sabha polls in 2019, Varanasi is likely to have cleaned up its act like few other Indian cities.
A grocery store owner near Tulsi Ghatsaid,“Wehaveputupwithequally bad roads earlier as well. Let us see if this time around, this round gets us to Kyoto.” Modi had signed the KashiKyoto protocol in August 2014 to revive Varanasi with the help of the Japanese city.
There are, however, many a tricky territory en route to Kyoto.