The construction of Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh is progressing rapidly and about 210 kilometres of the 296 kilometres of the expressway, constituting 67 per cent of its total length, has been completed. Presently, construction of bridges on Yamuna and Betwa rivers are underway at a fast pace.
UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) Chief Executive Officer Awanish Kumar Awasthi, who held a review meeting of the construction work of Bundelkhand Expressway, directed officials to expedite the remaining construction of ROB, RE panels, structures and toll plazas and ensure quality. He also instructed the technical auditors, UPEIDA engineers and PIUs to monitor the quality of work regularly.
The Bundelkhand Expressway along with the Defence Industrial Corridor are expected to give a fillip to the development of the region. The new expressway which starts near Bharatkoop in Chitrakoot and after meandering through Banda, Hamirpur, Mahoba and Auraiya, will connect with Yamuna Expressway near Kudrail village of Etawah.
Due to its connectivity with the Agra-Lucknow and Yamuna Expressway, the Bundelkhand Expressway will ease traffic up to Delhi. As a result, it will boost agriculture, commerce and tourism in the covered areas. The state government intends to build an industrial corridor along every expressway.
Bundelkhand is one of the most backward regions of UP and Chitrakoot is one of the eight UP districts selected by NITI Aayog for rejuvenation. Incidentally, the expressway has also started from Chitrakoot.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has often said that Bundelkhand, the land of valour and rich culture and traditions, would become the heaven of UP in the coming times and the proposed Defence Industrial Corridor and Bundelkhand Expressway would play an important role in this.