A day before the much-touted Agra-Lucknow Expressway is to be thrown open to the public on Friday, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will lay the foundation stone of Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway on Thursday connecting Lucknow to Ballia via Azamgarh.
“The Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway would be an extension of Agra-Lucknow Expressway and would connect the western and easterns end of the state. Once complete, the travel time between New Delhi and Ballia would be reduced to 10 hours,” a top official told ‘The Pioneer’ on Wednesday.
The Agra-Lucknow Expressway will be thrown open to public on Friday though it was inaugurated with much fanfare on November 21 with seven IAF fighters making a touch down. On that very day, the CM had declared that the Expressway (Agra-Lucknow Expressway) would be extended up to Ballia.
Being a marquee project, the CM has made an additional budgetary allocation of over Rs 1000 crore for the Samajwadi Purvanchal Express in the supplementary budget presented in Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday.
Staring from Lucknow, the proposed Expressway will be 353 km long and will pass through Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh and Mau.
This project, like the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, will have an airstrip at Azamgarh from where fighter planes of Indian Air Force can operate in emergency,” the official said.
This would be a six-lane highway, expandable up to eight lane and would have 23 flyovers and underpasses. The entire construction will be carried out under eight packages. For the benefit of commuters, there would be amenity points at eight places.