NGO to clean Varanasi ghat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been promised by an NGO that it would restore the famous Assi Ghat in Varanasi to its ancient form.

Sulabh International, active in the field of sanitation, promised to bring the ghat to its ancient form. 

The NGO’s founder-director Bindeshwar Pathak met Modi during his visit to the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi on Thursday.

Modi expressed satisfaction over the cleaning of Assi Ghat, whose at least 25 steps has been covered with silt and mud for several decades. The NGO Sulabh has adopted five other ghats in Varanasi for daily cleaning and maintenance.

On his previous visit to his Lok Sabha constituency last month, Modi had wielded a spade at the Assi Ghat to enthuse citizens to do their bit to give a facelift to the decrepit riverfront.

He also got an assurance from social organisations, including Sulabh International, that the muddy ghat will be cleaned within months.

The NGO, which has also taken charge of cleaning the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple premises, assured him that Sulabh will make all efforts to beautify Varanasi, particularly its historic ghats. Sulabh has also started cleaning the famous temple.

Pathak said it will use its expertise in sanitation and waste management to ensure adequate cleanliness at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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