How Bundelkhand Expressway was completed 8 months before the deadline?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate it on July 12, eight months before the deadline of the Bundelkhand Expressway. The construction of the 296 km long expressway was started on 29 February 2020 and was to be completed by January 2023.

You need to know about Bundelkhand Expressway

The expressway runs from Chitrakoot to Etawah in Uttar Pradesh. The road will meet the Bundelkhand region divided between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, which lies on the south-western edge of UP.

The Bundelkhand Expressway will complement the nodes of the Uttar Pradesh Defense Industrial Corridor announced by the Government of India in February 2018. It is being developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA).

The entire cost of the project is expected to be Rs 15,000 crore. However, the Yogi Adityanath government has saved Rs 1,132 crore through e-tendering, which is about 12.72 percent of the initial estimated cost.

Highlights of Bundelkhand Expressway

The four-lane expressway is expandable to six-lane in the future, has 13 interchange points, and will connect seven districts of the state.

Starting near Bharatkup on Jhansi-Prayagraj National Highway No-35 in Chitrakoot, the expressway will end on Agra-Lucknow Expressway near village Kudrail in Etawah.

The total length of the road is 296.07 km and it will connect seven districts of Uttar Pradesh – Chitrakoot, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Auraiya and Etawah.

The expressway will also cross rivers like Bagan, Ken, Shyama, Chandawal, Birma, Yamuna, Betwa and Sengar.

A total of four railway over bridges are proposed on the expressway. 14 major bridges, six toll plazas, seven ramp plazas, 266 minor bridges and 18 flyovers will also be built on the expressway.

Connectivity to National Capital Region

Considered one of the country’s most backward areas, Bundelkhand will be directly connected to the national capital through the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Yamuna Expressway.

This is expected to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Chitrakoot to just six hours.

Bundelkhand Expressway is critical to the success of the upcoming defense corridor in Uttar Pradesh. Work has also started on an industrial corridor in Banda and Jalaun districts.

With input from agencies