Inspired by the cleanliness of the ancient pilgrim town of Varanasi and the success of Namami Gange project, the Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to replicate the solid and liquid waste management system in the State. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is sending a team led by his principal secretary, general administration, on a two-day visit to the city. The team will also scout for land to establish a Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams Temple in Varanasi.
In December 2019, the Tirupati Tirumala Board cleared a proposal to build Lord Venkateswara temples in Varanasi and Jammu and Kashmir. Taking the proposal forward, the Andhra Pradesh team will be looking for 5acre for the temple in Kashi, said an official, adding the Varanasi administration would shortlist options before the arrival of the AP team led by principal secretary to chief minister, Pravin Prakash.
A government spokesperson confirmed the Andhra Pradesh government had sent a letter to UP chief minister’s office and praised work done in Varanasi under Namami Gange programme.