PM Modi Launches Purvanchal Expressway In UP; SP Stages Parallel ‘Inaugural’ Event, Claims Project As Its Own

The 341 km expressway links state capital Lucknow with Ghazipur and has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 22,500 crore.

Sultanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the 341 km Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh after landing on the highway airstrip in an IAF C-130 Hercules plane.

Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath received the Prime Minister at the airstrip.

PM Modi while inaugrating the Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur also spoke to the people of the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on the stage at the inauguration event of 341 Km long Purvanchal Expressway, at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district. (Photo: ANI)

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party carried out a parallel inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway by showering flowers over its various stretches and cycling on them around the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the higway to people.

The SP workers staged the show while reiterating its chief Akhilesh Yadav’s claim that the project to connect Lucknow to Ballia was first launched by his government. “SP works for the public. The SP workers dedicated the expressway to the public by cycling and showering flowers on the Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway,” the party said on its Twitter handle.

“This will accelerate the progress of Purvanchal (eastern UP). Congratulations and best wishes,” the party said, also uploading the pictures of its workers’ celebration on the occasion.

SP president and former chief minister Yadav had on Monday said on Twitter that “in all the districts through which the ‘Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway’ is passing, the district committees of the party will inaugurate this public welfare work by showering flowers on the expressway on November 16”.

Yadav, who had been assiduously claiming that the foundation stone for the project was first laid by him during his tenure as the UP chief minister, had also shared a picture of a purported newspaper advertisement for the foundation stone laying ceremony by him on December 22, 2016, a Thursday.

After the inauguration ceremony of the expressway on Tuesday, Yadav made another tweet, mocking Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath showing him showing him walking behind the car of Prime Minister Narndra Modi on the expressway.

“You gave me a good return of all my hospitality and made me undertake a humble march even before the people conferred gthe humiliating fate on me,” Yadav said in his tweet in Hindi, tagging with it a picture of Yogi, seen walking behind the PM’s car.

The 3.2 km airstrip has been constructed on the expressway to facilitate the emergency landing of fighter aircraft. Ensuring the all-round development of the eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, the Purvanchal Expressway will hold special features such as an advanced traffic management system and fencing to prevent stray animals from entering the expressway.

The super advance expressway will have facilities of civic amenities like toilet blocks and ambulances in case of emergency for road accident victims.

The 341 km expressway links state capital Lucknow with Ghazipur and has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 22,500 crore.

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