The distance between the city centre of Varanasi and Mohansarai, for instance, is just 10 km but it takes over 45 minutes due to congestion. The airport is 22 km away and can take at least an hour and a half to reach on a regular day. The city's infrastructure, which has a capacity for about 4-500,000 people at best, now handles over 30,000.00. These conditions are horrendous, and the resulting pollution causes respiratory and stress related diseases.
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