PM Modi cancels Varanasi visit after heavy rains, expresses apologies

PM Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of IARI, in Hazaribagh.

Varanasi, June 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cancelled his scheduled visit to his parliamentary constituency due to heavy rainfall.

The Prime Minister took to Twitter to apologise the people of Varanasi for cancelling his visit due to the weather.

Modi tweeted: “Was eagerly awaiting the Varanasi visit but unfortunately due to the weather I had to cancel. Sincere apologies to the people of Varanasi.”

Divisional Commissioner R M Srivastava reportedly said: “We have received a telephonic communique from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding cancellation of his visit.”

According to reports, it has been raining heavily since last night and the entire DLW ground where the Prime Minister was scheduled to address the public meeting and launch a few projects is heavily waterlogged.

Modi, who was visiting Varanasi for the third time after taking over as the PM, was scheduled to inaugurate and launch a host of schemes worth Rs 2000 crore, including nationwide power reforms project – Integrated Power Development Programme (IPDP).

He was also scheduled to inaugurate multi-speciality trauma centre at BHU – the biggest in the country constructed at a cost of Rs 165 crore and other development projects in Varanasi town worth Rs 140 crore.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was scheduled to welcome the Prime Minister at the airport at Babatpur here.

(With Agency Inputs)

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