PM Modi to launch solar-powered boats on River Ganga in Varanasi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi where he will launch solar-powered boats for plying on river Ganga.

Prime Minister Modi would be distributing 11 solar-powered ‘e-boats’ at the Assi Ghat.

“Particularly excited to launch a scheme for environmentally friendly e-boats at Assi Ghat. These will help bring down pollution. The e-boats will also bring down operational costs thus ensuring higher incomes for those who earn their livelihoods through such boats,” he said in a series of tweets.

Later, the Prime Minister will also distribute 1,000 e-rickshaws and also hold a chaupal with rickshawpullers. Before launching the e-boats, he will meet 100 prominent people from the district to discuss about the development of Varanasi.

“In Varanasi will distribute e-rickshaws & interact with beneficiaries. Will also meet prominent citizens of Kashi. Looking forward,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He will then leave for Ballia district in eastern Uttar Pradesh to launch the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

“Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will be launched in Ballia. The scheme provides LPG connections to 5 cr women beneficiaries from BPL families,” he said in a tweet.

The PMUY is Rs. 8,000 crore scheme to provide five crore free cooking gas connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. (ANI)