From June, use smart cards to by­pass queues at Kashi Vish­wanath

The Indian Express - - EXPRESS NETWORK - LALMANI VERMA

COME JUNE, devo­tees who throng Kashi Vish­wanath Tem­ple in Varanasi ev­ery day will not have to wait in queues for hours to get in.

The rea­son: One can now get a smart card by pay­ing Rs 3,100 for one year and en­ter the tem­ple with­out wait­ing in queue.

While around 1,000 res­i­dents of Varanasi visit the tem­ple ev­ery day, the fa­cil­ity will also be open to those out­side the city.

Kashi Vish­wanath Tem­ple chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Shyam Narayan Tri­pathi said the Kashi Vish­wanath Mandir Nyas Par­ishad has de­cided to is­sue smart cards for the con­ve­nience of devo­tees who visit the tem­ple ev­ery day.

“Be­cause of the long queues of pil­grims, daily vis­i­tors too have to wait a long time. Daily vis­i­tors had been re­quest­ing the tem­ple ad­min­is­tra­tion to make some ar­range­ment, such as smart cards, which will help them en­ter the tem­ple di­rectly with­out wait­ing in queue. This will save their time,” Tri­pathi said.

“Smart card hold­ers will only have to go through frisk­ing... In­ter­ested devo­tees could sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions on a pro­forma with iden­tity proof by May 30 and they will be is­sued the smart card in June first week,” he added.

“An an­nual fee of Rs 3,100 has been fixed. Ear­lier, the tem­ple ad­min­is­tra­tion used to is­sue free passes for daily vis­i­tors. But this re­sulted in a large num­ber of pass hold­ers and the same used to be mis­used,” said Tri­pathi.

On an or­di­nary day, around 10,000 devo­tees visit the tem­ple but dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons and aus­pi­cious days, the num­ber of vis­i­tors surges to over 1 lakh.

At present, only VIPS are ex­empted from queues and can di­rectly en­ter the tem­ple.

Ga­jen­dra Ya­dav

The writ­ing on the wall: An aban­doned Dalit home in Shab­bir­pur vil­lage.

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