On June 19, 2018, the Yogi cabinet constituted “Shri Kashi Vishwanath Vishisht Kshetra Vikas Parishad” as an independent unit for the overall development of the Kashi temple complex. The chairman of the council was made the commissioner of Varanasi.
On March 8, 2019, just before the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project to directly connect the river Ganga with the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Master plan of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd of Ahmedabad, working as consultant for the project of renovation of Parliament House (Central Vista) in New Delhi, has prepared the master plan of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. . Ahmedabad-based company PSP Projector has built the corridor.
Before the construction of the corridor, the temple complex was spread over only three thousand square feet. Now it has become 5 hectares or 48,730 square meters or five lakh square feet.
On normal days 20,000 devotees come to visit Kashi Vishwanath temple every day. In the month of Shivratri and Sawan, this number exceeds 2 lakh devotees daily. Now more than five lakh devotees will be able to visit Baba Vishwanath in a day
Total cost Rs 390 crore was spent in arranging land for the corridor, Rs 70 crore in rehabilitation and demolition. Started. Rs 339 crore has been spent in the construction of the first phase. In the second phase, Rs 66 crore will be spent in the construction of ramp building at Ganga Ghat and gate and jetty at Lalita Ghat.
There is no building here. There is an 11 feet wide gallery around the temple. There is a Bhogshala behind the Passenger Facilitation Center at Saraswati Gate. Food will be prepared here for the sadhus living in the temple.
Spiritual Book Center
Books of all religions will be available for sale in the Spiritual Book Center next to the food court.
There are three storey buildings on both sides of the temple square. On the ground floor there are toilet complexes and lockup rooms on both sides. There is an emporium on the first floor where handicrafts from different states will be available for sale. On the second floor there is the hall of “Shri Kashi Vishwanath Vishisht Kshetra Vikas Board”, where the board meeting can be held.
It has the office of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Special Area Development Board on the first floor and fire fighting system is installed on the ground floor.
The viewing gallery is built above the gate entering the temple square from the corridor. From here the devotees will be able to see the Ganges river on one side and the Kashi Vishwanath temple on the other.
Before entering the temple square, there will be a restaurant on the left for the refreshments of the devotees.
On the left in the corridor is the Vedic Center. Here 100 people will be given training in rituals and yoga. Ancient scriptures will also be kept in this center
Next to the Neelkanth Pavilion is a two-storey guest house. There are 18 rooms on each floor
Behind the Varanasi Gallery and City Museum is Mumukshu Bhavan. There will be accommodation for 48 people in the dormitory. Here those elderly people will be able to stay who want to spend their last days in Kashi.
pier and jetty
Next to Manikarnika Ghat, there is a way to enter the corridor from Jalasen Ghat and Lalita Ghat. Devotees coming through the Ganges will be able to land directly on the jetty built at Lalita Ghat by boat.
Varanasi Gallery and City Museum
In the Varanasi gallery on the right, the story from the history of the temple to its new appearance will be told through digital medium. Old temples, sculptures, artifacts found during the construction of the corridor will be displayed here.
Coming from the Ganges side in the Multipurpose Hall corridor, it is a two-storeyed building on the right. Each floor has a capacity of 330 devotees. Events like satsang, seminar can be organized here
Tourist Facilitation Center
A tourist facilitation center has also been built in the corridor on the side of Ganga Ghat. Along with booking train or ship tickets here, there will also be a tour operator facility to roam around Varanasi.
There is a timber store in the basement of the Tourist Facilitation Center. The wood used for the funeral will be kept here at Manikarnika Ghat.
Kashi Vishwanath Corridor
Passenger Facilitation Center has been constructed at all the three gates of entry. From booking the aarti here, you will get the facility to take the locker to keep the goods. Here the security check of all the devotees will also be done.
queue management system
A queue management system is being implemented to save the devotees from the long lines in the corridor. In this, as soon as the ticket is booked, the devotee will get information about the ‘time slot’ for darshan.