Purvanchal Highway: PM Modi to Land on IAF Super Hercules for Inauguration | Latest news India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land on the Purvanchal Highway in a C-130J Super Hercules transport plane, when he arrives to inaugurate the 34-kilometer highway. The highway is one of the major infrastructure projects to open in Uttar Pradesh before elections early next year.

The highway will connect the state capital, Lucknow, with the eastern districts, including Mau, Azamgarh and Barabanki, with connections to the main cities of Prayagraj and Varanasi.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who oversaw preparations for the opening program in Sultanpur on Friday, said the Purvanchal Expressway will become the backbone of the eastern UP economy. The Prime Minister had laid the foundation for the highway in July 2018.

Adityanath said the highway had been completed despite 19 months of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Immediately after the inauguration program, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will organize an air show. A 3.3 km stretch has been developed to allow fighter jets to make emergency landings near the Sultanpur district. The IAF’s Mirage 2000 and Su-30MKI jets would make multiple takeoffs and landings on the emergency airstrip, which will be guarded by Prime Minister Modi and other dignitaries.

While some will land on the runway built near the village of Kurebhar in the Sultanpur district, others will take part in the touch-and-go operation. The IAF conducted a trial Friday in which senior officials were present.

The highway is part of the government’s plans to develop emergency landing facilities for fighter jets across the country.

According to the Uttar Pradesh government, the 341 km Purvanchal Highway will depart from the village of Chandsarai on the Lucknow-Sultanpur Highway. It will pass through Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and end in Haldariya village in Ghazipur district.

The six-lane highway will be expanded to eight lanes. After it opens to the public, the travel time from Lucknow to Ghazipur will be reduced from 6 hours to 3.5 hours.

The highway will have seven main bridges, seven rail bridges, 114 minor bridges and 271 underpasses. Police vehicles, livestock collection vehicles and ambulances will be deployed for medical and security emergencies.

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