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    Bitter struggle between tradition and development at the proposed Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi

    Bitter struggle between tradition and development at the proposed Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi

    Bitter struggle between tradition and development at the proposed Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi
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    By Shome Basu   IST (Updated)

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    The centre’s ambitious 'Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana' (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan), or Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, will provide devotees access to the temple after taking a ritual dip in the Ganga. In March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started the Rs 600 crore project by putting five bricks with the name of the temple inscribed on it. The redevelopment of these 45,000 square metres of the land spread between Manikarnika Ghat and Lalita Ghat is being done under the supervision of the Ahmedabad-based HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt Ltd and the project is headed by the Varanasi Development Authority and Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Trust.

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    A view of Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which shares a boundary with the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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    Devotees walk towards Kashi Vishwanath Temple, where the government is executing Rs 600-crore Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan).

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    A temple priest looks at demolished houses next to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    Demolished houses and temples near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

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    An excavator removes the rubble of demolished houses near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    An excavator clears the debris of demolished houses and temples near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    A man walks through debris from the demolition of houses and temples near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    Pilgrims on way to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    A damaged temple near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi as an excavator removes the rubble of demolished houses.

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    A dilapidated building near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    People look at the debris after Uttar Pradesh government demolished houses and temples to make way for the Rs 600 crore Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan).

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    A man stands near the demolished temple near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    According to rough estimates, around 300 houses were demolished to make way for the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

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    Pilgrims wait for their turn outside Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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