Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Purvanchal Expressway at KarwalKheri in Sultanpur district of UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Purvanchal Expressway at KarwalKheri in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh around 1:30 PM today. After the inauguration, PM Modi will also witness an Airshow by the Indian Air Force on the 3.2 km long airstrip constructed on the Expressway in Sultanpur district to enable landing and take-off of Indian Air Force fighter planes in case of emergency. The Prime Minister will also address a public rally after the inauguration.

The Purvanchal Expressway is 341 Km long. It starts from village Chaudsarai, district Lucknow located on Lucknow-Sultanpur road (NH-731) and ends at village Hydaria located on National Highway No. 31, 18 km east of UP-Bihar border. The expressway is 6-lane wide which can be expanded to 8-lane in the future. Constructed at an estimated cost of about 22,500 crore rupees, the Purvanchal Expressway is going to give a boost to the economic development of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh especially the districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and Ghazipur. Prime Minister Modi had laid the foundation stone of this expressway on 14th July 2018 in Azamgarh. He described the occasion as the start of a new chapter in the development journey of Uttar Pradesh.

AIR correspondent reports, The journey from Ghaziabad to Ghazipur can now be covered in less than 12 hours which is faster than even Rajdhani express. People of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who are living in Delhi NCR can travel through Yamuna expressway, Agra expressway, and now on Purvanchal expressway to reach their destinations early. The 341 km long expressway will give impetus to the development of the region with the fruits vegetables and other agro products will reach to the market easily.

Purvanchal Expressway does not have stones installed on the slopes on either side of the road, except on the banks of the river or in the water areas. In their place, beehive-like ‘Jio cells’ made of plastic have been used. In order to increase the quality of the road, instead of normal bitumen, rubber pieces mixed with ‘crumb rubber modified bitumen’ have been used. Besides rubber, bitumen mixed with polymers has also been used in some places. Rubber and polymers do not allow water to stand, due to which the road does not deteriorate quickly and vehicles do not slip on it. In order to prevent accidents, crash barriers have been installed on both sides of the median. The expressway will have seven major bridges, seven railway overbridges, 114 minor bridges, and 271 underpasses. Police vehicles, cattle catcher vehicles, and ambulances will be deployed for safety and medical emergencies.

8 petrol stations and 4 CNG stations will be established at the expressway. The journey will be free for some days now. The work of collecting toll tax will be given to the private company.

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