Varanasi: The Kashi Vishwanath Dham project, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018, is scheduled to be inaugurated later this year. And to complete the project in time, construction is on in full swing, even at night.
Spread across an area of 5 lakh square feet, the project aims to provide world-class facilities to pilgrims who visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple, a shrine to Shiva.
The project, designed by architect Bimal Patel, aims to ease congestion in and around the temple, provide better facilities for tourists, preserve existing heritage structures and connect the Kashi Vishwanath temple with the Ganga ghats through three decorated gates. The project is set to cost over Rs 400 crore.
On festive and auspicious occasions, such as Mahashivratri or the first Monday of the month of Shrawan, the temple and its surroundings see in excess of 2-3 lakh visitors in a day. With this redevelopment, the congestion and crowd that often accumulates around the temple will be reduced, officials involved in the project said.
A new Ganga view gallery is also a significant part of the project.
The redevelopment is being aided by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Department of Culture of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
ThePrint brings you images from the construction site in Varanasi.
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