Days after promising to turn Varanasi into Kyoto, it has come to the fore that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to constitute a committee to develop Varanasi, his Parliamentary constituency, as a ‘smart’ city.
The decision to develop Varanasi was not taken during his ongoing Japan trip but Modi had, in fact, promised during his election campaign to make Varanasi a modern city, while at the same time keep its ancient heritage of a religious city intact.
And it seems like Modi started work on this promise even before he left for Japan.
“We have come to know that Varanasi would be divided into four sectors and each sector would be named after the four Vedas—Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda.
"The city will be beautified on the lines of a planned metro city,” a BJP leader said on the condition of anonymity.
Jagmohan is a former civil servant, and previously a loyalist of the Gandhi-Nehru family, who later switched his allegiance to the BJP.