The people of Uttar Pradesh received the gift of Purvanchal Expressway today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway. The 341 km long expressway will connect eastern and western UP. The expressway will start from Chand Sarai in Lucknow and will reach Ghazipur. 22,497 crore rupees have been spent in making it. This expressway will pass through 9 districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. Prime Minister Modi had laid the foundation stone from Azamgarh in July 2018.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in a C-130J Super Hercules cargo plane on the Purvanchal Expressway. He also attended an airshow by the Indian Air Force on the 3.2-kilometre airstrip, which will allow fighter jets to land and take off in an emergency.
6 lanes Purvanchal Expressway, may become 8 lanes later:
Purvanchal Expressway will start from Chand Sarai village in Lucknow and will end at Haidaria village located on NH-31 in Ghazipur. This village falls 18 km before the UP-Bihar border. This expressway has been made of 6 lanes now, which can also be made 8 lanes in future. It is claimed that it will take 10 hours to reach Delhi from Ghazipur by this expressway. According to the UP government, its work started in October 2018 and was completed in three years.
According to an estimate, it will take about 4 hours to travel the 341 km Purvanchal Expressway. From this expressway, the government will get revenue of Rs 202 crore from toll. At present, people will not have to pay toll tax. That is, for a few days this journey will be free. But later the work of collecting toll tax will be given to the private company. This company will soon fix the toll rates per km and after that, the toll will be charged at the toll booth. It is believed that its rates will be kept around the rates of Lucknow-Agra Expressway.
Special Features of Purvanchal Expressway:
– The infrastructure project, which cost an estimated Rs 22,496 crore and is one of the largest constructed by the Uttar Pradesh government, has been touted as a "carrier of progress" to the poor Purvanchal area.
– The Yamuna Expressway links Noida to Agra, while the Lucknow-Agra Expressway extends all the way to the state capital. The Purvanchal Expressway would stop around 18 kilometres from the UP-Bihar border.
– The Purvanchal Expressway, which is estimated to cost around Rs 22,496 crore, would enhance the economic growth of eastern Uttar Pradesh, particularly the districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and Ghazipur.
-18 flyovers, 7 railway overbridges, 7 major bridges, 104 minor bridges, 13 interchanges, 5 ramp plazas, 271 underpasses and 525 culverts have been constructed on Purvanchal expressway.
-The government has created land banks along the expressway, and the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority has been given permission to build industrial centres along the route. Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has stated that the Purvanchal Expressway will be the backbone of the state's eastern economy.
-"This highway will serve as the backbone of the Eastern UP." The opening will be magnificent, with an air show, since a three-and-a-half-kilometre stretch near Sultanpur has been created as an airport for emergency landing of planes," CM Yogi Adityanath said.
Aside from Purvanchal, at least three additional expressways are under construction in UP, in addition to the projected defence corridor and the currently functioning Agra-Lucknow and Yamuna expressways. Purvanchal Expressway, Gorakhpur Link Expressway, Ganga Expressway, and Bundelkhand Expressway are among the expressway projects that have been initiated in the state since 2016.
The completion of these projects has been delegated to the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority. When completed, they would give access to all regions of Uttar Pradesh from the national capital and allow commuters to speed across the state. Aside from facilitating speedier travel, expressways will offer job opportunities and ensure the formation of economic clusters in their vicinity.