Beautification plan for Varanasi ghats on the anvil

Varanasi, Sep 5 (IANS) A comprehensive plan to beautify the banks of the Ganges here was unveiled by the union tourism minister on Saturday.

Launching a special cleaning campaign at the recently renovated historic Assi Ghat, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma announced a special project for restoration and beautification of the ghats.

Sound and light shows would be introduced soon at Assi Ghat, Sharma said.

He also inaugurated a Sulabh public toilet on the occasion.

Sharma, while lauding the effort of Sulabh, called upon other organisations to come forward to adopt and clean other ghats (banks).

He said a plan is being readied to clean up the filth by using boats as garbage disposal vehicles. Garbage accumulation is a major problem in the historic city due to narrow lanes. Now, boats will be used to take the garbage to the dumping points.

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