The NDA administration has decided to pump in Rs 2 lakh crore in UP’s highway projects before the model electoral code of conduct kicks in. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has pledged to kick off one project every week in the state. Around 100 highway projects, including expressways, have been planned for Uttar Pradesh.
Gadkari and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are expected to formally announce the road plans on Friday in Lucknow. “I will lay foundation stones for highway projects across UP every week from now,” Gadkari is believed to have told BJP workers.
The special road package for UP is said to be part of the central government’s drive to draw up a list of projects that will make a visible impact on the ground in the politically critical state.
As part of a visible campaign, the foundation stone for the Kanpur-Lucknow expressway, which will cost Rs 1,500 crore, would be laid soon.
Gadkari recently held a series of meetings with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials to speed up ongoing projects in the state and provide a list of others that can be awarded immediately, along with detailed project reports. The ministry has declared 10 state highways as national highways and the cost of their up?gradation estimated at Rs 8,100 crore has been approved.