From landing fighter jets to boosting economic growth: All you need to know about Purvanchal Expressway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the Purvanchal expressway in Lucknow on Tuesday. He said that the expressway, which runs 341 kilometers and is almost four hours long, will bring down travel time from Lucknow to Buxar (Bihar) by seven hours.


The Prime Minister will arrive in an Indian Air Force’s C-130 J Super Hercules transport plane to mark the occasion. This aircraft will demonstrate the highway’s ability to land aircraft in emergencies. The expressway will link the state capital Lucknow to the eastern districts of Mau, Azamgarh, and Barabanki, as well as the major cities Prayagraj, Varanasi.

During this inauguration, a 45-minute air show by the IAF will be performed. Multiple landings and takeoffs of fighter jets from the airstrip will be done in front of PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath. The fighter plane will touch down on the expressway before taking off under the “touch and go” operation. The air show will feature planes such as Sukhoi, Mirage, and Rafale.

All you need to know about Purvanchal Expressway

Purvanchal Expressway
Purvanchal Expressway Image Credit: Aaj Tak
  1. This 341-km Purvanchal expressway starts at Chandsarai village, on the Lucknow–Sultanpur highway. It will go through Amethi and Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and finally reach Haldaria village in Ghazipur district.


  1. In July 2018, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the project in Azamgarh.


  1. Construction of the Purvanchal Expressway was completed at an estimated cost of Rs 22,500 crore.


  1. This six-lane expressway can be extended to eight lanes. The travel time between Lucknow and Ghazipur will decrease from 6 to 3.5 hours once it opens to the public.


  1. Although the expressway has been inaugurated, there are no petrol pumps or other amenities that will be required for long-distance travel. Because there are no restaurants nearby, motorists will need to bring a full tank of gas and some food.


  1. At every 100 km, two rest stops are being built. Once they are complete, these areas will be equipped with toilet facilities, petrol pumps, motor garages, and other basic amenities.


  1. Purvanchal Expressway will be three kilometers long and start Kudebhar district. This runway is intended for fighter jets of the Indian Air Force to land and take off during emergencies.


  1. There are 18 flyovers, seven railway-over bridges, and seven long bridges along the expressway.


The eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh, including the districts of Lucknow and Barabanki as well as Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and Ghazipur, will reap the economic benefits from the new expressway, which significantly reduces travel times.

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