Purvanchal Expressway: All you need to know about india's longest Expressway
New Delhi : The Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia Expressway known as Purvanchal Expressway is a proposed 8-lane in Uttar Pradesh state. The proposed highway will connect the historic town of Ghazipur with the state capital, Lucknow. It is proposed to be developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development and Authority.
It will be 343 km long expressway and will connect Lucknow to Ballia by passing through Barabanki, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur districts and will terminate at Haidaria in Ghazipur.The expressway is to be linked with Varanasi through a separate link road.
Purvanchal Expressway Project timeline
Oct 2015: UP Government has finalized the alignment out of three proposed alignment for expressway. Detailed Project Report (DPR) to be prepared in three months.
Nov 2015: The Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia expressway is renamed as Purvanchal Expressway.
Feb 2016: State Government allocated 1500 Crores Rupees for the expressway in the budget.
Dec 2016: Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh lays foundation stone for the project
May 2017: About 40% of required land is already acquired during Akhilesh Yadav's Govt, claims Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary who is leader of opposition in UP Legislative Assembly.
May 2017: Yogi Adityanath Government cancels tenders issues by previous government stating that currently only 40.17% of needed land is acquired and will issue fresh tender only when at least 80% of land will be acquired.
May 2017: UP Government orders faster land acquisition.
Jun 2017: The state government may take a loan of Rs 3,500 crore for the construction of Purvanchal Expressway, the biggest in the country, from Lucknow to Ballia, which was recently approved by the UP cabinet with link roads to Ayodhya and Varanasi.
Sep 2017: 60% land acquired at cost of 4,500 crore Rupees. Total land acquisition may cost up to 6,500 crore Rupees. NITI Aayog says, Central Government may bear cost of road construction if state government bears the land acquisition cost
Nov 2017: 77% land acquisition done, work to start by March 2018 and will take 30 months to complete the project.
Jan 2018: 85% land acquisition done, foundation stone to be laid in March 2018.
Apr 2018: 91% land acquired. Request For Proposal (RFP) document floated.
July 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the project on 14 July at Azamgarh.
Purvanchal Expressway Project Benefits
With the Construction of Purvanchal Expressway, accelerated convenient mode of Transportation shall be available between the Eastern boundary of the State and the National Capital via State capital through other similar Expressways in the State viz. 'Agra to Lucknow Expressway' and 'Yamuna Expressway'
Being an Access Controlled Expressway, it would provide benefits like fuel saving, time saving and Control in Pollution level, along with reduction in accidents.
The areas covered by this Expressway would be benefited in Social & Economical way. The agriculture, commerce, tourism and other industrial development will also get a fillip.
Industrial Training Institutes, Educational Institutes, Medical Institutes, New Townships and other various Commercial set ups shall be developed, especially near the Expressway areas, which will result into more opportunities for employment in the region. The overall social/economic development in the state will get a boost.
The proposed Expressway will prove to be a catalyst for development of the region and State.
The proposed Purvanchal Expressway getting connected with existing Agra-Lucknow Expressway shall become a vast Industrial Corridor connecting Eastern boundary to Western boundary of the state which will result into overall development of the state.
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