Uttar Pradesh pushes expressways

The UP state government has given infrastructure development a boost by allocating nearly Rs.1,600 crore for expressways in the second supplementary budget in the financial year tabled in the assembly.

The second supplementary budget of Rs.4,210.85 crore was tabled by finance minister Suresh Khanna.

Of the total supplementary budget, the state government has sanctioned Rs.500 crore for Poorvanchal Expressway, Rs.200 crore for Bundelkhand Expressway and Rs.960.94 crore for loan repayment of Poorvanchal Expressway, thus earmarking more than 25 per cent of the budget for expressways.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced that the Poorvanchal Expressway would be completed by next year and the work on the Bundelkhand Expressway would start soon. The sanction of fresh budgets would speed up the expressway projects being executed by UPIEDA.

The state government has earmarked Rs.1,106 crore for power sector which is bringing in a number of reforms and Rs.200 crore for forest department which recently undertook a large scale forestation drive in the state by planting over 22 crore saplings and creating a world record.

Concerned over the rising pollution in the state and to combat this, the government has sanctioned Rs.25 crore for measures to check stubble burning in the state.

For the mega show -- Defence Expo – to be held in February next year, the state government has budgeted Rs.86.81 crore. This was the second supplementary budget as the state had already presented its first supplementary of Rs.13,594.87 crore in July, apart from the main budget of Rs.4,79,701.10 crore for the FY 2019-20.

In the second budget the state government has budgeted Rs.280 crore for the medical education.

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