VARANASI: Inaugurating the first solar energy run smart bus station with multiple facilities, UP urban development minister AK Sharma said that the smart bus station, set up as per the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will not only boost transport infrastructure of Varanasi city but will also provide many smart services to people accessing buses on this route.
Addressing the gathering after formal inauguration of the smart bus station at Sampurnanand Sports stadium’s main gate in Sigra area on Monday, Sharma said that the PM had suggested the concept and chief minister Yogi Adityanath ensured to follow it and set up this bus station under the smart city project. It was constructed under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) by Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in line with the Varanasi Smart City program being run by the municipal corporation.
As per the PM’s desire, a team of professionals and urban development department worked on the project for last four months, he said mentioning that this smart bus station is powered by solar energy. The bus station building, even the tiles used for flooring have been made using recyclable materials, said Sharma.
The smart bus station’s shelter also has mobile charging facility for commuters, he said adding, the bus shelter has LED lights and also CCTV surveillance. In addition, the bus shelter will also be used to display important public services, awareness messages on critical issues such as hygiene and sanitation, said Sharma adding that this project is associated with Swachha Bharat initiatives of the PM to make the cities cleaner and greener.
Praising CM Yogi, Sharma said that the CM is committed to make services accessible to the people of the state while making every effort to improve the quality of life and ease of living. Sharma also thanked HUL, Varanasi Municipal Corporation and the district administration for their efforts and said that more projects will be taken up by the VMC soon to improve civic services and facilities in the city.

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