In April 2017, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath announced the construction of the ambitious Bundelkhand Expressway. On 29 February 2020, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, laid the foundation for the Bundelkhand Expressway. The Government of Uttar Pradesh envisioned the ambitious Bundelkhand Expressway to bring regional and infrastructural development to seven districts in the state.Embed from Getty Images
The Bundelkhand Expressway would span through Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Auraiya, Banda, Mahoba, and Etawah. The Bundelkhand Expressway would commence from Chitrakoot and would connect with the Agr-Lucknow Expressway at Etawah.
The Bundelkhand Expressway would be nearly 300 km long. The Bundelkhand Expressway would also act as a crucial link in the superhighway project of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The Government of Uttar Pradesh is planning to connect the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Ganga Expressway, Yamuna Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway, and Purvanchal Expressway to create a chain of superhighway in the state.
After completion, the Bundelkhand Expressway would bring connection between the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh to the national capital Delhi, via the Agra-Lucknow expressway.
The Bundelkhand Expressway would be complete access controlled greenfield expressway. The Bundelkhand Expressway would be a four-lane project that will expand to six-lanes in the future.
The Bundelkhand Expressway would have the right of way (ROW) of 110 meters. There would be two service roads on both sides of the expressway to facilitate smooth transportation for people in the nearby villages.
The estimated cost for land acquisition and construction of the Bundelkhand Expressway would be nearly rupees 15,000 crores. The Bundelkhand Expressway is being constructed under the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority(UPEIDA). The Government of Uttar Pradesh has formed a consortium of six banks to raise the fund for the construction of the Bundelkhand Expressway. The consortium comprises of Bank of Baroda, Bank of Maharashtra, Union Bank of India, Indian Bank, Bank of India, and UCO Bank. Bank of Baroda leads the consortium.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has divided the Bundelkhand Expressway project into six packages for speedy execution of the expressway. The Government has chosen four private companies for the construction of the Bundelkhand Expressway.
The four private companies entrusted with the construction of the Bundelkhand Expressway project are Ashoka Buildcon, Apco Infratech, Dilip Buildcon, and Gawar Construction. The Bundelkhand Expressway is being constructed under the Engineering, Purchasing, and Construction(EPC)model.
The Bundelkhand Expressway would consist of four Rail over Bridges(RoBs), 14 large bridges, six toll plazas, 250 small bridges, and 18 flyovers. The Government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to construct an airstrip on Bundelkhand Expressway. The airstrip is being constructed on Bundelkhand Expressway, keeping in mind the proximity to Gwalior and Agra AirForse Stations. The airstrip would facilitate the emergency landing of military fighter aircraft during an emergency situation. The airstrip would also help in evacuation and rescue during floods and earthquakes.Embed from Getty Images
Upon completion, the Bundelkhand Expressway would bring Social and Environmental development around the region. The Government of Uttar Pradesh would also be developing industrial corridors and industrial training institutes around the Bundelkhand Expressway to bring an overall development in the state.