Jalaun, Mar 9 (FN Agency) Inspecting the construction work of the bridge on the Yamuna River of Bundelkhand Expressway in Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the work of the expressway is going on war-footing and about 50 per cent of work has been completed. “By the end of November, the entire construction work will be finished, providing the immense potential for triggering economic activities in the region,” the CM said. Stating that Bundelkhand Expressway will pave the way for development for the entire Bundelkhand region, CM Yogi, on Tuesday said, “Bundelkhand will become a major center of tourism after the construction of the expressway.”
While addressing the review meeting, he said, “The construction work of Bundelkhand Expressway is being done rapidly and all flyovers are being fast-tracked.” Appreciating farmers for their support, he said, “The farmers of Bundelkhand gave their land for the expressway and provided their full support. Adequate water is being provided for irrigation through the Panchanad scheme.” He also said that the expressway will boost the profits of the farmers of Bundelkhand. Once the Bundelkhand Expressway is constructed, it would go a long way in ensuring socio-economic development of the area which had been lying neglected for decades.
The total length of the Expressway project is 296 kilometers, out of which the construction of the 120 km road has been completed by UPEIDA within a year. The construction of bridges on the Yamuna, Betwa, and Cane rivers falling in the Bundelkhand Expressway project is also going on at a rapid pace. Establishing a record in the country, the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority will complete the construction of the bridge on the Yamuna River in the shortest time i.e. within 6 to 8 months. So far, 97 percent work of clearing and grubbing in Bundelkhand Expressway has been completed and over 80 percent of soil work has been done. On the expressway, four railway over bridges, 14 long bridges, six toll plazas, seven ramp plazas, 268 small bridges, 18 flyovers, and 214 underpasses will be constructed. The four-lane expressway, which will be expandable to six lanes, has been divided into six packages. The access-controlled expressway will have a right of way (total land area acquired for the construction of the roadway) of 110 meters.
A service road (3.75 meters wide), will also be constructed on one side of the expressway. The total estimated cost of the Bundelkhand Expressway project is Rs 14849.09 including the cost of civil construction- Rs 7766.81 crore. It will connect the Bundelkhand region of the state with Delhi’s Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Yamuna Expressway and will play an important role in the development of the Bundelkhand region. The expressway will start from Chitrakoot district and end at Etawah on Agra-Lucknow Expressway. It will pass through the districts of Chitrakoot, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, and Etawah. It is worth mentioning that the service road and other works are also under progress by various EPC contractors in the construction of Bundelkhand Expressway.