On his first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency after assuming power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on Friday likely to firm up plans for the development of the ancient temple town and lay the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre for weavers.
Modi arrived at the airport located at Babatpur near here around 10:00am and left straight for Lalpur village where he will lay the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre and a crafts museum.
The Prime Minister is also likely to adopt a village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana under (MPs' Model Village Scheme).
He will interact with the general public in Ravindrapuri locality of the city and hold a meeting with local BJP leaders at the guest house of Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW).
Modi is also scheduled to unveil a statue of Swami Vivekananda, whom he has always held as his icon, at Vijayanagaram Tiraha crossroad in the city.
He is also likely to visit a hospital situated inside the "ashram" set up by followers of spiritual leader Shri Anandamay Maa.
Security has been tightened for the Prime Minister's visit. According to Inspector General of Police (Public Grievances) Ashok Jain, 12 SP rank police officials of Uttar Pradesh, 18 Additional SPs, 20 Deputy SPs, 135 sub-inspectors, besides more than 1000 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed.
The Special Protection Group which is responsible for the Prime Minister's security would be assisted by officials and personnel of the Uttar Pradesh police.
The Prime Minister's visit, which is likely to last a little over 24 hours, has sent soaring the hope of a better future among residents of the holy town, which has been facing crumbling infrastructure and lack of basic amenities.
Among the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi has been constantly in the spotlight ever since Modi chose to retain the constituency he had won by a huge margin of 3.7 lakh votes, vacating Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat where his victory (by 5.7 lakh votes) was even bigger.
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11:19 am: We need to modify ourselves according to global needs, says the PM.
11:15 am: Addressing weavers, the PM says they have an assured market. Your design, your work, your service - this is a great legacy we have here. Every household is a market for Banarasi saree, says Modi.
11:14 am: There is not even a single mother who does not dream of gifting her daughter a Banarasi saree on her wedding.
11:13 am: There is no woman, no matter how poor or illiterate, across India who has not heard of Banarasi saree.
11:12 am: Money alone won't help weavers, vision will, says the PM.
11:07: Weavers represent the Ganga-Jamuni tradition: PM Modi
11:06 am: Textile sector gives employment to poorest of the poor. All sections of society are integrated in this sector, notes the PM.
11:05 am: Textile is the second largest job generating sector of the country after agriculture: PM
11:04 am: I had planned to visit Varanasi earlier, but had to postpone it due to cyclone that hit Andhra Pradesh.
11:03 am: I am in Varanasi as your servant. I will be with you in times of happiness and sadness, says PM Narendra Modi.
11:02 am: Varanasi holds a very special place in my heart. I have come here to meet my own people. The joy is different, says the PM.
11:01 am: Slogans like Har Har Modi, Narendra Modi Zindabad, Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram fill the air.
11:00 am: The PM begins addressing the gathering at the occasion.
10:59 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of the Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum to develop and promote handloom products of Varanasi.
10:50 am: The PM is turning into reality everything that he talked about before the elections, says Gangwar.
10:48 am: Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar addresses weavers, says the presence of the PM is very encouraging.
10:29 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Bada Lalpur to lay foundation stone of the Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum to develop and promote handloom products of Varanasi.
10:11 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
10:04 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, state Governor Ram Naik, and senior officials receive the PM at the airport.
10:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Babatpur airport, 20 km from Varanasi.
8:15 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar will welcome the Prime Minister, who is scheduled to arrive here at 9:35 am.
8:00 am: The PM will stay overnight at a guest house.
7:58 am: Modi will take part in several programmes during his visit to the temple town.
7:57 am: He will visit Jayapur village and address people there and may even announce its adoption under the MP Model Village Scheme, said Sanjay Bhardwaj, media incharge of Modi's constituency as well as Poorvanchal (Eastern UP) region.
7:55 am: During the day, the PM will lay the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre for weavers and also adopt a village under his "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana" (MPs' model village scheme).
7:54 am: As far as security is concerned, 12 SP rank police officials of Uttar Pradesh, 18 Additional SPs, 20 Deputy SPs, 135 sub-inspectors, besides more than 1,000 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed.
7:52 am: Preparations are in full swing and tight security is in place in the ancient temple town where Modi is expected to firm up plans for Varanasi's development.
7:50 am: In his first visit after assuming charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.