The Purvanchal Expressway is a proposed 8-lane expressway to connect State Capital Lucknow with Ballia district in Uttar Pradesh. The expressway will become longest expressway in India with its total length being 343 Kms. In just three days, the foundation stone laying ceremony of Puravanchal Expressway will be held in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ceremony will be held in Azamgarh district.
Purvanchal Expressway will start from Lucknow and pass through Barabanki, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur districts of Uttar Pradesh. The express will terminate at Haidaria in Ghazipur, while it will be connected to Ayodhya and Varanasi through separate link roads.
Purvanchal Expressway Tender Purvanchal Expressway will be constructed in 8 packages and five companies have been shortlisted by the Government for the purpose. The expressway will be developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority. Purvanchal Expressway tender has been won by Gayatri Projects, Apco Infratech, GR Infra Projects, PNC Infratech and Oriental Structural Engineering.
As per the latest reports, more than 90 percent land has been acquired for the Purvanchal Expressway project. The most praiseworthy feat achieved by the State government and authorities is the reduction in total estimated cost of the project. This is being witnessed for the first time that the project’s estimated cost has reduced by 10 percent. The project cost has reduced by Rs. 1,520 crore from earlier estimated Rs. 12,700 crore to Rs. 11,200 crore.
Explaining the rational behind the cost reduction, one officer told increased competition resulted in lower bids for the project. Total 76 companies filled bids for Purvanchal expressway tender. Also, the availability of cheaper loan of Rs. 12,000 crore at 8.7% interest rate is one of the main reason for cost reduction. The authority had also lowered the bidder eligibility criteria at par with those of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Azamgarh to lay the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway on 14th July.