Life in a Metro at Varanasi

Varanasi or Banaras can be used interchangeably, but earlier Kashi was considered as an entirely independent city located at Uttar Pradesh. Kashi is an ancient appellative part of the town, during the epoch of Emperor or Sovereign as the town was divided into two sets- one side was named as Kashi (Heaven) the other side is known as Magadh (Hell). Kashi was believed to be a holy place as it spread around the banks of river Ganga and it was supposed that individuals who died at Kashi will go to heaven. Currently, the whole city is termed to be a heavenly place. Thus Kashi is synonymously used for both Banaras and Varanasi.

In the year 2015, Varanasi Development Authority and Varanasi Municipal Commission and other representatives had a detailed project report (DPR) about the Metro rail that was presented by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES). Suggestions were asked to other representatives where some recommended for mini metro rails is ideal for TIER III cities like Varanasi as it will initiate profit and will be economical to regular or medium metro lines. The Kashi Project was given thumbs up by SP government but no sooner was rejected by Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) due to lack of feasibility issue of Mass Rapid Transport System (MTRS) for such a thickly populated city. The VDA decided to plan and work for full mobility of the people. The Vice Chairman of VDA, implored RITES to see for other modes of transport like waterways, buses as well as light metro. Authority is concerned about the mode of transportation and requirement of people residing in Varanasi as well as the possible ways to achieve it. Further, the VDA Secretary announced that an Austria based company had discussed the success that would bring with the introduction of cable cars in the densely populated city of Varanasi as it was successful for cities like Europe and other continents. The company claimed VDA that the cable car could carry 80 passengers in the cable car and every hour 12,000 passengers can travel by minimising the cost of construction.

Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao scheme at schools of Varanasi
Enormous corridor build to enter Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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