- The Bundelkhand expressway has been completed 8 months ahead of its schedule
- The expressway will connect several key districts in Uttar Pradesh
- It will also reduce travel time between Delhi and Chitrakoot to 6 hours
Bundelkhand Expressway: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 296-km-long Bundelkhand expressway in Uttar Pradesh on July 16. The construction of the expressway has been completed 8 months ahead of its deadline. The expressway stretches between Chitrakoot and Etawah in Uttar Pradesh.
While laying the foundation stone in February 2020, Prime Minister Modi had said that the project "will create thousands of jobs and connect the common people with facilities available in bigger cities".
"Not even two expressways had been completed in Uttar Pradesh in the first 70 years since Independence. With a series of expressways, including the Delhi-Meerut expressway, the present government of double engine growth in the state has fulfilled a decades-old demand of the people of NCR (National Capital Region) and western Uttar Pradesh," Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.
Expressway starts near Bharatkoop in Chitrakoot, merges with Agra-Lucknow highway
According to the government spokesman, the expressway starts near Bharatkoop in Chitrakoot district and merges with the Agra-Lucknow expressway near Kudrail village in Etawah district.
Bundelkhand Expressway connects key UP districts
It covers the seven districts of Chitrakoot, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Aurraiya and Etawah.
The road length has crossings over several rivers: Bagen, Ken, Shyama, Chandawal, Birma, Yamuna, Betwa and Sengar.
Bundelkhand Expressway can be expanded up to 6 lanes in future
The four-lane expressway, developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), has scope for expansion to six lanes in the future. It has 13 interchange points.
Ex-chequer money saved on project
According to officials, the total cost of the project is pegged at about Rs 15,000 crore. However, the Yogi Adityanath government has saved about Rs 1,132 crore by opting for e-tendering. The project is expected to give a fillip to connectivity in the state and boost economic activity.
"Bundelkhand, which is considered to be one of the most backward areas of the country, is set to be directly connected to the national capital through the Agra-Lucknow expressway and Yamuna expressway," said a senior official.
Expressway will reduce travel time between Delhi and Chitrakoot to 6 hours
The Bundelkhand expressway is expected to reduce travel time between Delhi and Chitrakoot to just six hours from the earlier 9-10 hours.
The Bundelkhand expressway is also crucial to the success of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh defence corridor project.
Work on an industrial corridor has also begun in the districts of Banda and Jalaun. The defence corridor project, worth Rs 20,000 crore, has been planned over 5,071 hectares across the state's western, central and Bundelkhand regions.
Of the 13 expressways spanning 3,200 km in the state, six are operational while work is on in seven.
Industrial corridors are being built along highways and expressways. Airstrips are coming up for emergency use by the air force.