Varanasi will have a night market under the Lahartara-Chowkaghat flyover which will showcase the art and culture of Varanasi. The estimated cost of developing facilities for the Night Market was approximately ₹10 crores.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to inaugurate this market during his planned visit to Varanasi on July 7.
Varanasi Smart City has embellished the 1.9 km space below the flyover for the night market. The flight from Lahartara to Chaukaghat passes important sites of the city like Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, Interstate Bus Station, etc.
The said stretch has been embellished with thematic murals reflecting the art, religion and culture of Varanasi and for the purpose of public convenience, facilities such as toilets, drinking water, street furniture such as benches, garbage cans, an information kiosk, etc. were also installed. .
Horticulture, public square, footpath, roadway, etc. have been laid out under the flyover. 99 kiosks / vending areas have been set up for the purpose of sustainability of the project, job creation and convenience of tourists / devotees etc.
For the sake of smooth operation and traffic management, provisions have also been made for zebra crossing, road signs, median U-turn on both sides, pedestrian crossing and auto rickshaw, rickshaw electric pushes and parking spaces, etc.
Dr Vasudevan, Chief General Manager of Varanasi Smart City, said that soon after stepping out of Varanasi Cantt station, passengers, tourists and worshipers will get a sense of the city due to the paintings on the pillars and flyover and landscaping walls. .
Banarasi classic delicacies and drinks like lassi and thhandaai will be available here. A selfie point, a fountain and a path have been laid out with plantings on each side. The slogan “I love Varanasi” was also written. Additionally, there will be shops, food courts and cafes open in the market. Guardrails, pedestrian crossings and other means have been provided on both sides to protect the road. Drinking water and other facilities, information booths for tourists are also offered in the night market.
Vasudevan said a traffic flow pattern has been put in place for the smooth operation and management of traffic.