With eye on 2019, PM begins U.P. tour today

With his eyes set on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday embark on a two-day tour of eastern Uttar Pradesh, where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation for several key projects, prime among them being the Purvanchal Expressway.

Mr. Modi will visit Azamgarh, Mirzapur and his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi during the tour. In Azamgarh, he will lay the foundation stone of the 340-km long Purvanchal Expressway, stretching from the state capital to Ghazipur on the eastern fringes bordering Bihar.

‘Longest Expressway’

The six-lane road will pass through Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh and Mau before ending in Ghazipur. The expressway is to be linked with Varanasi through a separate link road, said the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority. The State expects to complete the project, dubbed as the longest Expressway in the country, by 2021.

Like the 302-km long Lucknow-Agra Expressway, the Purvanchal Expressway will also feature an airstrip for emergency landing of fighter planes, near Sultanpur district. “The Purvanchal Expressway will be the lifeline of development in eastern U.P.,” said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In Varanasi, Mr. Modi will dedicate or lay the foundation stone of important projects with a total worth of over Rs. 900 crore, the PMO said. These would include the Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project, Varanasi-Ballia EMU train, International Convention Centre, the Panchkoshi Parikrama Marg, and several projects under the Smart City Mission and Namaami Gange. On Sunday, Mr. Modi will dedicate to the nation the Bansagar Canal Project, a bridge over the Ganga in Chunar and a medical college, all in Mirzapur district.

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