NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district, UP.
After inaugurating the expressway, PM Modi witnessed an air show by IAF (Indian Air Force) on a 3.2 Km long airstrip at Alkhalkiri Karwal village in Sultanpur district. The airstrip is meant for the fighter planes landing and take-off in emergency times. This will give an advantage to the Indian Air Force as well.
The Purvanchal Expressway is a 340.824 Km long and 6 lanes wide expressway that connects Chand Saray village near Gosainganj in Lucknow with Hydaria village in Ghazipur district on NH-31. It is developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA).
The Foundation stone for the project was laid on 14 July 2018, completed ahead of its time, and inaugurated on 16 November 2021. The project cost including the land acquisition cost is Rs. 22,494 crores.
The Specialities of the expressway should be known to the reader. It has 18 Flyovers, 7 Railway overbridges, 7 big bridges, 118 small bridges, 6 Toll plazas, 5 Ramp plazas, and 271 underpasses. The expressway is spread across Lucknow, Barabanki, Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh, and Mau.
Through a separate link road, the expressway will be linked to the Varanasi-Azamgarh Highway. Also, the Gorakhpur Link Expressway will connect Jaitpur village in Gorakhpur with the Purvanchal Expressway at Salarpur village in Azamgarh. After the completion of the Buxar-Ghazipur Elevated Road (17 Km long and 4 lanes wide), Lucknow will directly connect Arrah and Patna in Bihar by NH-922 and the Purvanchal Expressway.
With the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway, the longest of all in India, UP has become the Expressway Capital of India.