The Purvanchal Expressway, the next dream project of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav after Agra-Lucknow Expressway, got a lion's share of the supplementary budget tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday. The government earmarked Rs.1,000 crore out of the total supplementary demand of Rs.1,683 for it.
The government has already sanctioned Rs.3,000 crore for the project in this year's state budget. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will be laying the foundation for this expressway in Lucknow on Thursday.
The total tentative budget of the project is approximately Rs.20,000 crore, including Rs.7,000 crore for land acquisition. The final budget for the 356-km Lucknow-Ghazipur Expressway, however, would be approved by the cabinet on Thursday. The foundation-laying ceremony will take place near the statue of former chief minister late Chaudhary Charan Singh opposite Vidhan Bhawan on Thursday . “Nearly 2,500 hectare of the total 4,000 hectare land required has already been purchased from farmers on the model of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and in the next few months remaining land would also be acquired,“ said Navneet Sehgal, chief executive officer of the UPEIDA.
“Purvanchal expressway will trigger economic activities in eastern region of UP as well as connect farmers and traders of the region to the national and international markets,“ the chief minister had said earlier. Like Agra-Lucknow expressway , the Poorvanchal Expressway will also have a special airstrip for landing fighter aircrafts in case of emergencies and war-like situations and world class traffic control systems and plantation with 3.6 lakh trees. Sehgal said tender process is in the final stage and bidders will be allotted work for the project which has been divided into eight stretches of an average 44 km each. The Lucknow-Ghazipur expressway , which would not be the country's longest expressway as the recently completed Agra-Lucknow expressway is only 302 km and is being developed on the EPC (engineering procurement and construction) mode and would be funded entirely by the state government .
The expressway will start from Chand Sarai village in Lucknow and culminate at Haidariya village in Ghazipur.It will also be linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency , Varanasi through a 13 km link road. The districts that would be covered by this expressway are Lucknow, Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur.
Apart from wayside amenities and toilet block in every package, eight major bridges, eight ROBs (railway overbridges), 117 minor bridges and 127 minor bridges on service road will be constructed.