Azamgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 341-km-long Purvanchal Expressway, here on Saturday.
Purvanchal expressway, country's longest, will cost Rs 23,000 and be completed in three years time. It will begin from Chand Sarai in Lucknow and end at Haidaria in Ghazipur (eastern UP). The expressway will also be linked with Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Allahabad through a separate link roads.
Prime Minister had a glimpse of the model of the expressway before laying the foundation by pressing a button and appreciated the work done by the UP government. A short film on the Purvanchal Expressway was also showed on the occasion.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Industry Minister Satish Mahana along with UP BJP president Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey and others were present at the function held at Manduri airstrip.
This is the second time when Mr Modi had laid the foundation stone of the expressway. In May this year, Mr Modi laid the first foundation stone in Azamgarh.
The expressway will provide seamless connectivity to nine districts of the state---Lucknow, Ghazipur, Amethi, Azamagarh, Faizabad, Barabanki, Mau, Ambedkarnagar and Sultanpur. Moreover, it will also connect to New Delhi through 165-km-long Agra-Greater Noida Yamuna Expressway and 302-km-long Agra-Lucknow Expressway.
Five construction companies have been selected to build the road through Engineering, Procurement, and Construction model (EPC). The six lane expressway, expandable to eight lanes,will also have a strip near Sultanpur for fighter aircrafts landings. The entire expressway will have service lane along with two Toll plaza and four passenger amenities center.
Interestingly, the foundation stone of the expressway was first laid by former UP chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on December 22, 2016. At that time it was called as Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway.
However, during that time not even half of the land for the project was acquired. After the BJP government came to power in UP in 2016, earlier project tender was cancelled citing lack of land and over pricing as the reasons.
Now, the project has been revived again with certain changes in the alignment along with a fresh tenders with lowering the cost by around Rs 4,000 crores.