Tourism Minister terms Varanasi “filthy city”

Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons has termed Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a “filthy and dirty city” which “needs to be cleaned.”

Alphons, who came to Varanasi on a two-day visit, expressed concerns over the city’s sanitation and cleanliness, along with the raging traffic which plagues the city .
“The roads here are extremely congested which results in a traffic jam. The city is also filthy and a lot of cleanliness work is required. For cleaning Ganga three sewage plants have been installed,” said Alphons.

Alphons said that “only five lakh tourists are coming here and at Sarnath every year, which is very less. In the next two years, our focus is to double the tourists to at least 10 lakhs.”

He also expressed concerns over people disposing of milk and petals in the river while offering prayers at the ghats.

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