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Past govts shut eyes to places of worship, says PM

Noting the growing enthusiasm for spiritual tourism in the country, he mentioned the record footfall of devotees in Varanasi after the completion of the Kashi corridor. “In the past year, 8.5 crore people visited Kashi, more than 5 crore visited Mahakal Lok in Ujjain and over 19 lakh devotees visited Kedardham,” the PM said.

He noted that more than 24 lakh people visited Ayodhya after the Ram Temple consecration. He said a similar spectacle would unfold in Guwahati after the Kamakhya corridor project, adding that spiritual tourism can boost the livelihood of even the pooerest.

Apart from the Rs 498 crore Kamakhya corridor project, the other major projects coming up in Assam include a six-lane road from the new airport terminal (Rs 358 crore) in Guwahati, upgradation of Nehru Stadium to FIFA standards (Rs 831 crore), a new sports complex in Chandrapur (Rs 300 crore), upgradation of 43 roads, including 38 bridges, as a part of South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Corridor Connectivity at a cost of over Rs 3,400 crore.

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