Amid the second wave of Covid-19, The Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh is all set to be opened for the public soon. In a paradigm shift, the state government has given top priority to building greenfield expressways and highways over the expansion of existing highways to accelerate high-quality road development.
Purvanchal Expressway will connect the historic towns of Ballia and Azamgarh with the state capital, Lucknow. The construction work on the expressway is being underway in full swing despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), the agency responsible for the planning and construction of e-ways in the state, has said.
The foundation stone for the 340 km long expressway was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018 which will connect Lucknow with Ghazipur. The expressway will commence from Chandsarai in Lucknow and end at village Haideriya in Ghazipur district. Once this Expressway is complete, Delhi will be connected via the Expressway, to several major towns and cities of the State of Uttar Pradesh, from Noida in the west, to Ghazipur in the east. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this expressway will transform Purvanchal and will boost tourism and employment opportunities.
The six-lane carriageway will help in decongesting the entire city and ensure smooth traffic movement. Once the phase is complete, traffic coming from Faizabad Road will be able to go towards Sultanpur road without entering Lucknow. The railway-over-bridge (RoB), flyovers, and other structures will be completed within the scheduled time.
Other districts falling on the expressway are Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, -Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and Ghazipur. The project has been divided into 8 packages for implementation. The project has to be completed in 36 months and the deadline is October 2021 but the 340-kilometer long Purvanchal Expressway will be opened for traffic soon. The total Project cost is worth Rs. 22,494.66 crore (Including the cost of land).
Uttar Pradesh is also working on two other expressways — 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway and 594-km-long Ganga Expressway.
Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh to be open for the Public soon ahead of the deadline.
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