Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation stone for one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country, the Purvanchal Expressway, on 14 July 2018. This will be the longest expressway in India at 354 km and will connect Lucknow to Ghazipur. On 22 December 2016, the foundation stone for this expressway was initially laid by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. At this time, the land for the project had not been acquired.
Once the new government took over, the earlier project was scrapped. This is the revival phase of the project with some changes in its estimation.
Some of the highlights of the project have been detailed below:
- The Purvanchal Expressway will start from Chand Sarai in Lucknow and will end at Haidaria in Ghazipur. The expressway will have a separate link road that will connect it with Varanasi.
- The expressway is expected to offer seamless connectivity to 9 districts in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It will also provide connectivity to the national capital through the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and the Agra-Greater Noida Yamuna Expressway.
- The districts that will benefit from the expressway include Ghazipur, Lucknow, Azamagarh, Mau, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Barabanki, and Faizabad.
- Purvanchal Expressway will provide benefits like curbing pollution in the state, saving fuel, reducing accidents, and optimising travel time by up to 5 hours.
- The expressway is being built on EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) mode and will be extended to 8 lanes in the future.
- The project will be the stepping stone for a vast industrial corridor, as it will offer connectivity with the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Hence, the eastern part of UP will be connected to the remote areas in the western part of the state. The overall development of the state is also forecasted through this venture.