Purvanchal Expressway route, map and latest news 2022: All you need to know about the project

[] The Purvanchal Expressway will not only connect several central districts in UP but also place them in a direct road connectivity network leading to the national capital Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 16, 2021, inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway, an infrastructure project that has been termed as ‘the spine of the economy of the eastern Uttar Pradesh’ by state chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The development comes nearly three years after Modi laid the foundation stone for the Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh in July 2018.

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Billed as the ‘carrier of development’ for the underdeveloped eastern region of UP, Purvanchal Expressway is one of the biggest infrastructure project completed by the CM-Yogi-led Uttar Pradesh government.

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Purvanchal Expressway route

  • Lucknow
  • Barabanki
  • Sultanpur
  • Ayodhya
  • Ambedkar Nagar
  • Azamgarh
  • Mau
  • Ghazipur

If connectivity networks are telling signs of a state’s economic progress, the Uttar Pradesh government has been taking significant efforts to upgrade its road networks. The Purvanchal Expressway is a case in point. The route of Purvanchal Expressway includes key cities in eastern UP. The Purvanchal Expressway route is meant to provide the under-developed cities in India’s most populous state an economic boost through better connectivity. Apart from Lucknow and possibly Barabanki, all other cities on the  Purvanchal Expressway route are under-developed cities. 

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Purvanchal Expressway route map 2021

Purvanchal Expressway

(Source: UPEIDA)

Check out this Purvanchal Expressway map to know more about the connectivity net.

The Purvanchal Expressway route will establish a direct link between Delhi and eastern UP while also linking it to the Bihar border.

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The 343-km highway will start at Chand Saray village in Lucknow, located on the Lucknow-Sultanpur road (NH-731) and terminate at Ghazipur’s Haidaria village, located on NH31. In the middle, the Purvanchal expressway route also has Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar and Mau. In effect, the Purvanchal expressway connects nine districts in UP. It will also be connected with other cities of religious importance like Varanasi, Ayodhya and Gorakhpur through link roads.

With the opening of Uttar Pradesh’s longest expressway project, cities in the underdeveloped eastern part of UP, would get a direct connection with state capital Lucknow.  The expressway will not only reduce the travel time between Ghazipur to Lucknow by half – from 12 to six hours – but also provide direct connectivity from these cities to the national capital. Once completed, it would be only a 10-hour drive from Ghazipur to Delhi.

Recall here that Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow is already directly connected with Delhi through the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, the Yamuna Expressway and the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. A proposal is also in the works, to expand the Purvanchal Expressway route and to connect it with Bihar from Ghazipur.

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Purvanchal Expressway construction status

In October 2015, the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh relaunched the previous government’s Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia Expressway as the Purvanchal Expressway. In July 2018, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the expressway in Azamgarh. Developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), the six-lane access-controlled Purvanchal Expressway was earlier expected to be completed by March 2021. However, the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, which forced Uttar Pradesh to introduce fragmented lockdowns, delayed the works.

Purvanchal Expressway significance

The Purvanchal Expressway is one of the four six-lane access-controlled expressways (the Bundelkhand Expressway, the Gorakhpur Link Expressway and the Ganga Expressway being the other three) that are likely to remarkably transform Uttar Pradesh, making it the state with the largest expressway network in India. Upon completion of these four expressway projects, Uttar Pradesh will boast of 1,788 kms of expressways, the highest in the country.

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The Purvanchal Expressway is going to give a boost to the economic development of eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, especially the districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. This is also evident from the fact that CM Adityanath has said that eight industrial hubs will be established along the Purvanchal Expressway.

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Purvanchal Expressway construction cost

Estimated to cost Rs 22,496 crores, the Purvanchal Expressway not only connects several central districts of the state with the eastern ones but also places these districts in a direct road connectivity network leading to the national capital Delhi. The expressway, with seven bridges and 22 flyovers, also boasts an airstrip that would allow emergency landing of flights.

Purvanchal Expressway: Project highlights

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Launch year: October 2015

Estimated cost: Rs 22,494 crores

Length: 340.824 kms

Lanes: Six

Opening deadline: October 2021

Owner-operator: Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA)

Project model: Engineering, procurement and construction

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Purvanchal Expressway: Key facts

Purvanchal Expressway starting point Chand Sarai village in Lucknow
Purvanchal Expressway end point Haidaria in Ghazipur
Purvanchal Expressway length 343 kms
Purvanchal Expressway mode of implementation PPP
Purvanchal Expressway inauguration November 16, 2021
Purvanchal Expressway project cost Rs 22,494.66 crores, including the cost of land

Purvanchal Expressway toll

Initially, commuters will not have to pay any toll on the Purvanchal expressway.


Is Purvanchal Expressway open?

The Purvanchal Expressway opens on November 16, 2021.

Who started Purvanchal Expressway?

The Purvanchal Expressway was announced in May 2015 as the Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia Expressway and launched as the Purvanchal Expressway in October 2015.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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