Gadkari to lay foundation for 5 NH projects worth Rs 7,195 cr on Friday


New Delhi, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation for five National Highways projects of total length 632 km and estimated cost Rs 7,195 crore in Ayodhya tomorrow. The projects include beautification of the Ayodhya section of the Lucknow-Ayodhya highway at a cost of Rs 55 crore, four laning of the Ayodhya-Akbarpur section of the Ayodhya-Varanasi highway at a cost of Rs 1,081 crore, construction of the 46 km, four-lane Ayodhya Ring Road at a cost of Rs 1,289 crore, construction of the 44 km Mohanganj-Shringverpur section of the Ram Vangaman Marg at a cost of Rs 478 crore and construction of the 91 km Bikapur-Rudauli-Murtihanghat section of Ayodhya’s 84 Kosi Parikrama Marg at a cost of Rs 896 crore. The Ram Vangaman Marg project stretches over 262 km from Ayodhya to Chitrakoot and is to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2,020 crore, while Ayodhya’s 84 Kosi Parikrama Marg is a 275 km-long project with estimated cost of Rs 2,750 crore, an official statement said here on Thursday. The projects will establish direct connectivity from Ayodhya to Chitrakoot and Ambedkarnagar. The 84 Kosi Marg will facilitate movement of pilgrims around Ayodhya. The Ayodhya Ring Road will reduce traffic congestion in the city and lower pollution levels. The projects will facilitate pilgrimage and give a boost to tourism in the Ayodhya and Varanasi regions, thereby improving the socio economic condition of people in the area. Mr Gadkari will also visit Prayagraj tomorrow where he will inaugurate Phase 2 of the River Information System on National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) between Farakka and Patna and also unveil new arrangement of Navigation Lock at Farakka that would enable breeding of Hilsa fish in River Ganga and help preserve the river ecosystem, it added. He will also visit an exhibition put up by the National Mission for Clean Ganga at the Kumbh Mela.