Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Varanasi on Monday, where he will inaugurate the six-lane Varanasi-Prayagraj Highway. The 73-kilometre stretch of the newly widened National Highway-19, which cost a total of ₹2,447 crore, is expected to reduce the travel time between the pilgrimage cities on the banks of river Ganga, Prayagraj and Varanasi, by one hour.Also Read - In 10 Points : What Is 'Parivar Kalyan Card' Yogi Government Is Planning To Launch In UP?

A Prime Minister Office (PMO) statement on Sunday said that PM Modi will also attend the Dev Deepawali in Varanasi. Dev Deepawali has become a world famous festival of light and fervour in Varanasi and is celebrated on every ‘poornima’ of the Hindu month of ‘Kartik’. Also Read - Arjun Singh, BJP Lok Sabha MP & Former West Bengal BJP Vice-President, Rejoins TMC

The prime minister will start the festivities by lighting an earthen lamp on the Raj Ghat of Varanasi, which will be followed by lighting of 11 lakh diyas on both sides of the holy river Ganga, it said. He will also see the light and sound show at the archaeological site of Sarnath, which had been inaugurated by him earlier this month. Also Read - Why Is Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Trending On Social Media 300 Years After His Death?

Preparations are underway at Rajghat in Varanasi. Security personnel, along with the dog squad, were seen checking boats at the ghat. They were thoroughly checking other locations near Rajghat as well.