Purvanchal Expressway

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Purvanchal Expressway
Route information
Length400 km (200 mi)
Major junctions
Highway system

The Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia- Expressway now renamed as Purvanchal Expressway is an under construction 6-lane, divided and access-controlled highway, in India's Uttar Pradesh state. The expressway will connect the historic towns of Ballia and Azamgarh with the state capital, Lucknow.[1] It is to be developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development and Authority.

The project will be executed[2] by Gayatri Projects, Apco Infratech, GR Infra, PNC Infratech and Oriental Structural Engineering. The total project has been divided in 8 packages, with Gayatri Projects, GR Infra and PNC Infratech allotted 2 packages each and Apco Infra and Oriental being awarded one package each. The easy bidding process has also resulted in 10% cost reduction for the project.

It will be about 400 km long expressway and will connect Lucknow to Ballia by passing through 10 districts: Barabanki, Sultanpur, Amethi, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. It will terminate in Ballia.[3][4] The expressway is to be linked with Varanasi-Gorakhpur highway through a separate link road.[5]


The project is to pass through Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur to reach Ballia. The total cost of the project was initially proposed as ₹15,000 crores but the new bidding after Yogi decreased the proposed costs to ₹11,000 crore.

Project timeline[edit]

  • May 2015: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announces the Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia expressway. The proposed expressway was originally conceptualized by the Mayawati government in 2008 as the Ganga Expressway.
  • Oct 2015: UP Government has finalized the alignment out of three proposed alignment for expressway. Detailed Project Report (DPR) to be prepared in three months.[6]
  • Nov 2015: The Lucknow-Azamgarh-Ballia expressway is renamed as Purvanchal Expressway.[7]
  • Feb 2016: State Government allocated 1500 Crores Rupees for the expressway in the budget.[8]
  • Dec 2016: Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh lays foundation stone for the project [9]
  • May 2017: About 40% of required land is already acquired during Akhilesh Yadav's Govt, claims Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary who is leader of opposition in UP Legislative Assembly.[10]
  • May 2017: Yogi Adityanath Government cancels tenders issues by previous government stating that currently only 40.17% of needed land is acquired and will issue fresh tender only when at least 80% of land will be acquired.[11]
  • May 2017: UP Government orders faster land acquisition.[12]
  • Jun 2017: The state government may take a loan of ₹3,500 crore for the construction of Purvanchal Expressway, the biggest in the country, from Lucknow to Ballia, which was recently approved by the UP cabinet with link roads to Ayodhya and Varanasi.[13]
  • Sep 2017: 60% land acquired at cost of 4,500 crore rupees. Total land acquisition may cost up to 6,500 crore Rupees. NITI Aayog says the Central Government may bear cost of road construction if state government bears the land acquisition cost.[14]
  • Nov 2017: 77% land acquisition done, work to start by March 2018 and will take 30 months to complete the project.[15][16]
  • Jan 2018: 85% land acquisition done, foundation stone to be laid in March 2018.[17]
  • Apr 2018: 91% land acquired. Request For Proposal (RFP) document floated.[18]
  • July 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project on at Azamgarh.[19][20]
  • Jul 2018: Tender awarded for road construction to five firms for eight packages.[21]
  • Oct 2018: Construction Work started near Ghazipur. [22]
  • Dec 2018: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected the project progress in Amethi district, he says, expressway will be ready in 24 months.[23]
  • Feb 2019: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath allocated Rs 1194 crore in UP Budget 2019
  • June 2019: UP govt saves Rs 620 cr in bidding process for Purvanchal Expressway[24] and 10% of Civil work has been completed.
  • June 2019: "Purvanchal Expressway To Be Completed By August 2020, One year before the actual deadline of August 2021": UP Chief Secretary[25]
  • July 2019: The Purvanchal Expressway, the longest in the country, will be extended to Ballia.[3]
  • Aug 2019: Expressway to be opened by August 2020.[26]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Five firms bag Purvanchal Expressway projects". The Financial Express. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jun 7, Subhash Mishra | TNN | Updated:; 2019; Ist, 7:37. "Poorvanchal expressway will now extend to Ballia | Lucknow News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 July 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "Official Website of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority - UPEIDA - Projects - Project Name and Description". upeida.in.
  5. ^ "Official Website of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority - UPEIDA - Projects - Project Name and Description". upedia.in.
  6. ^ "UP finalises alignment for Lko-Ballia expressway - Times of India".
  7. ^ "Govt renames Lucknow-Ballia expressway after Purvanchal - Times of India".
  8. ^ "Uttar Pradesh State Budget 2016-17 presented". 19 February 2016.
  9. ^ "UP CM lays foundation of Purvanchal expressway". India Today. 22 December 2016.
  10. ^ "'Narrow-mindedness stopped Hinduism from spreading far' - Times of India".
  11. ^ "पूर्वांचल एक्सप्रेस-वे का टेंडर रद्द, एसपी सरकार ने दी थी मंजूरी - Navbharat Times". 1 June 2017.
  12. ^ Rawat, Virendra Singh (9 May 2017). "Yogi govt speeds up Akhilesh's pet Lucknow-Ballia Purvanchal Expressway" – via Business Standard.
  13. ^ Sharma, Aman (9 June 2017). "Yogi government to take loans of Rs 16,580 crore for vital projects" – via The Economic Times.
  14. ^ "For cash-starved Uttar Pradesh, Centre to fund Ayodhya-Kashi link - Times of India".
  15. ^ Sharma, Aman; Arora, Rajat (11 November 2017). "BJP governments' 2019 target: Delhi to Patna by road in 11 hours flat" – via The Economic Times.
  16. ^ "सड़क मार्ग से दिल्ली से पटना पहुंचने में अब लगेंगे 18 घंटे की जगह सिर्फ 11 घंटे". Times Now Hindi.
  17. ^ "लखनऊ से गाजीपुर जाना होगा आसान, 19 मार्च को एक्‍सप्रेस-वे का शिलान्‍यास - Navbharat Times". 27 January 2018.
  18. ^ http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/lucknow/up-govt-approved-rfp-for-construction-of-this-greenfield-expressway.html
  19. ^ Rashid, Omar (14 July 2018). "Modi to lay foundation of Purvanchal Expressway". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  20. ^ "PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway worth Rs 23,300 cr in UP's Azamgarh". Zee News. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/roadways/five-firms-bag-purvanchal-expressway-projects/1239641/
  22. ^ https://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/ghazipur-work-of-purvanchal-expressway-starts-18523002.html
  23. ^ https://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/amethi-cm-yogi-adityanath-visit-amethi-for-inspection-purvanchal-expressway-18771485.html
  24. ^ Rawat, Virendra Singh (3 June 2019). "UP govt saves Rs 620 cr in bidding process for Purvanchal Expressway". Business Standard India. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  25. ^ ""Purvanchal Expressway To Be Completed By 2020": UP Chief Secretary". NDTV.com. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  26. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/work-on-bundelkhand-e-way-set-to-begin-in-three-months/articleshow/70670690.cms