Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway to be built at a cost of Rs 15,000 crore and said it will prove to be the development expressway of the region.
The expressway will pass through Uttar Pradesh”s Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun districts.
It will link the Bundelkhand region, considered to be one of the most backward areas of the country, to national capital Delhi through the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and the Yamuna Expressway.
“The project will put Bundelkhand on the development expressway. It will definitely change peoples lives in this entire region,” the prime minister said after laying the foundation of the expressway here by pressing a button.
“To come up at a cost of around Rs 15,000 crores, this project will create thousands of job opportunities and connect the common people with facilities in bigger cities,” he said.
Be it the Bundelkhand Expressway, the Purvanchal Expressway or the proposed Ganga Expressway, they will all increase connectivity in Uttar Pradesh and increase job avenues, Modi said.
Recalling the state of affairs in the Bundelkhand region in the past, he said, “You must have seen in the past decades how in the name of Bundelkhand and farmers, packages worth thousand of crores of rupees were announced but farmers did not benefit.”
“But now the country has come out of that phase and every single paisa is reaching its right beneficiary,” the prime minister said.
Lauding the Uttar Pradesh government, Modi said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his government is working in “express speed (express gati)” mode.