The Prime Minister has laid the foundation stones of multiple projects in Varanasi worth ₹1,200 crore including widening the existing four lanes road into six lanes starting from Lahartara -- BHU to Vijaya Cinema and the four-lane widening of road from Pandeypur flyover to Ring Road, besides, widening the existing road into four-lane stretch from Kuchaheri to Sandaha. They also comprise the widening and strengthening of Varanasi-Bhadohi rural road and construction of five new roads and four CC roads in Varanasi rural area and building road over bridge near Babatpur railway station on Babatpur-Chaubeypur road.
The projects will significantly help reduce the traffic load in the city and rural roads. To give a fillip to tourism in the region, PM also launched projects like development work of Sarnath Buddhist Circuit under World Bank funded project and UP pro-poor tourism development project, construction of 'Paavan Path for Asht Vinakaya', 'Dwadash Jyotirling Yatra', 'Asht Bhairaw', 'Nav Gauri Yatra', tourism development work of five stoppages in 'Panchkosi Parikrama Yatra Marg' and tourism development of various wards in Old Kashi. He also laid the foundation of Phase-1 of redevelopment works of the sports stadium at Sigra.