In July 2018, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, laid the foundation for the Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. 

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The Purvanchal Expressway is a 340 km long expressway that would commence from Chand Sarai village in Lucknow to Haidaria village in Ghazipur. 

The Purvanchal Expressway would connect nine districts in Uttar Pradesh. The expressway would link Lucknow, Amethi, Sultanpur, Barabanki, Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and Ghazipur. 

The Purvanchal Expressway is a full access-controlled greenfield expressway. Upon completion, the Purvanchal Expressway would act as a crucial link in the Government of Uttar Pradesh’s plan to interconnect the whole state with superhighways. 

The Purvanchal Expressway would be linked with Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Yamuna Expressway, Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, Gorakhpur Link, and Bundelkhand Expressway, and Varanasi-Azamgarh highway. 

The Purvanchal Expressway would have many unique facilities for a smoother travel experience for commuters. The latest facilities include telephone booths, an advanced traffic management system, solar lights, water harvesting systems, and roadside amenities such as food plazas, restrooms, and fuel pumps.  

The Purvanchal Expressway would also have an airstrip for emergency defense aircraft operations and to conduct emergency evacuation and rescue during floods and earthquakes. 

The Purvanchal Expressway would be constructed at an estimated cost of rupees 22,500 crores. The construction of the Purvanchal Expressway would be executed under the Engineering, Procurement, and construction(EPC) model. 

The construction of the Purvanchal Expressway would be done under the guidance of  Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority(UPEIDA).

The Government of Uttar Pradesh divided the Purvanchal Expressway project into eight packages. All of eight packages have been allotted to different companies under the easy bidding process for speedy execution of the expressway. The construction of the Purvanchal Expressway is being executed by Gayatri Projects Limited, GR Infra Projects, PNC Infratech Limited, Apco Infra Private Limited, and Oriental Structural Engineering. 

The construction of the Purvanchal Expressway is nearing completion, and the expressway is expected to be open for the public on January 26 to celebrate 72nd Republic Day of India.