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Developmentof Assi Ghat, Varanasi

Client: UP Jal Nigam

The area of intervention is located at Assi Ghat, historically the southernmost end of the historic city of Kashi. Environmental improvement is proposed in a holistic manner in an area which will include about 250 M. on either side of Assi Ghat and about 250-500 M. inland. The area includes the four significant Ghats- Assi, Ganga Mahal, Reeva and Tulsi Ghat.

The project includes various proposals for the convivial use of the riverfront:

  1. Visually and physically disconnected Ghats to be connected through continuous promenades proposed at two levels.
  2. Uneven kutcha riverbed on the Ghat edge which is highly unsafe during low water levels: Submerged bathing platform proposed.
  3. Silting of the river bank especially towards Tulsi Ghat
  4. Inappropriate and ad-hoc development of public spaces on the riverfront such as Chowks, squares etc. These will be redeveloped to create suitable spaces which are needed for the pilgrims and the visitors.
  5. Ghat Infrastructure and Pilgrim Amenities shall be improved by providing change rooms, toilets, drinking water points, seating, etc.
  6. Inadequate lighting to be augmented with solar PV plant based LED lighting.
  7. Sporadic and unorganized Kiosks/Stalls to be organised.
  8. Facilities for traditional communities such as Pandas, Mallahas and the Nais to be provided.
  9. Extension of the Ghats and providing parking for MV’s, NMV’s., para transport stands for auto and cycle rickshaw’, a small crafts market, Boat management office (on the lines of pre paid taxi services), Area maintenance office and stores, life Guard Facility a two storied booth for police and life guard services.