NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Uttar Pradesh and inaugurate the Bundelkhand Expressway on Saturday.
The government has been committed to enhancing connectivity across the country, a key feature of which has been the work towards improvement in road infrastructure, the PMO said.
The four-lane highway was built at an expense of almost Rs 14,850 Crores and is 296 kms long under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), and can later be expanded up to six lanes as well.
The work on the Expressway has been completed within 28 months and extends from NH 35 at Gonda village near Bharatkoop in Chitrakoot district to near Kudrail village in Etawah district, where it merges with the Agra-Lucknow expressway.
The expressway passes through seven districts, viz. Chitrakoot, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Auraiya and Etawah.
Along with improving connectivity in the region, the Bundelkhand Expressway will also give a major boost to economic development, resulting in the creation of thousands of jobs for the local people.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways received the highest budgetary allocation in history in the Budget 2022–23, totalling Rs 1.99 lakh crore. When compared to the approximate Rs 30,300 crore allocation in 2013–14, this is an increase of approximately 550 per cent.
The length of National Highways in the nation has increased by more than 50 per cent over the past seven years, from 91,287 km (as of April 2014) to over 1,41,000 km (as on 31 December 2021).
In 2020–21, the pace of NH construction increased from 12 km per day to 37 km per day.