The temple corridor of Varanasi destroys the old quarter

The temple corridor of Varanasi destroys the old quarter

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The ancient city of Varanasi in India clears the way for a large temple corridor by destroying hundreds of houses, wiping away the oldest district and disturbing the local population

The ancient city of Varanasi in India clears the way for a large temple corridor by destroying hundreds of houses, wiping away the oldest district and disturbing the local population

The ancient city of Varanasi in India clears the way for a large temple corridor by destroying hundreds of houses, sweeping away the oldest district and disturbing the locals.

The aim is to improve accessibility for pilgrims by offering a direct route from the Ganges to the 18th century shrine of Lord Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

For centuries, Hindus visited Varanasi to cremate their dead, but it was often necessary to navigate crowded alleyways to reach the Ghats of the city, or along the river.

For centuries, Hindus visited Varanasi to cremate their dead, but it was often necessary to navigate crowded alleyways to reach the Ghats of the city, or along the river.

For centuries, Hindus visited Varanasi to cremate their dead, but it was often necessary to navigate crowded alleyways to reach the Ghats of the city, or along the river.

For centuries Hindus have visited Varanasi to cremate their dead, but it was often necessary to drive through busy alleys to reach the ghats of the city, or along the steps along the river, where the caretakers of the cremation sites along burning torches to the survivors went to ignite wooden pyres on the banks.

Approximately 300 houses are destined for demolition, but the local population, whose family has been living in the area for generations, says that some of the destroyed properties are as old as the temple itself.

Approximately 300 houses are reserved for demolition in Varanasi, but the local population, whose family has been living in the area for generations, says that some of the destroyed properties are as old as the temple itself

Approximately 300 houses are reserved for demolition in Varanasi, but the local population, whose family has been living in the area for generations, says that some of the destroyed properties are as old as the temple itself

Approximately 300 houses are reserved for demolition in Varanasi, but the local population, whose family has been living in the area for generations, says that some of the destroyed properties are as old as the temple itself

Local resident Ajay Kapoor joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose constituency is Varanasi.

"Why would he care? By demolishing 300 houses, he does not lose 10,000 votes," Kapoor told the Hindu newspaper daily.

"But Banaras (Varanasi) is determined by his galis (narrow streets), and by creating this corridor, he robs Banaras of his identity."

The $ 85,000 demolition project in Varanasi has exposed several ancient temples, statues and historic buildings, giving rise to a debate on the best way to preserve them during the construction of the corridor

The $ 85,000 demolition project in Varanasi has exposed several ancient temples, statues and historic buildings, giving rise to a debate on the best way to preserve them during the construction of the corridor

The $ 85,000 demolition project in Varanasi has exposed several ancient temples, statues and historic buildings, giving rise to a debate on the best way to preserve them during the construction of the corridor

The report added that residents received compensation and reassignment options, but said that some residents believe it is not an adequate compensation for the loss of houses in an area with first-class property.

The $ 85,000 demolition project also exposed several ancient temples, statues and historic buildings. This led to discussions about the best way to preserve them during the construction of the corridor.

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