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 - 'Your Voice Will Live Forever': Bhajan Singer Narendra Chanchal Dies at 80, Heartfelt Condolences Pour in

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 - 'Not 1, But 2 Made in India Vaccines': Modi in Interaction With Covid Vaccinators in Varanasi | Top Points

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 - Rift in BJP Ahead of Bengal Elections 2021, Workers Clash at Party Offices, Torch Vehicles

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.