A Rs 1,500-crore expressway project between Kanpur and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh would be launched soon, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.
The project is part of Rs 2 lakh crore highway projects in the state, the Road Minister said.
“Detailed project report is being prepared for an eight-lane access controlled expressway between Kanpur and Lucknow. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 1,500 crore,” the minister said here.
Once completed, “Kanpur to Lucknow distance can be travelled in 35-40 minutes”, Gadkari said adding that it will be an elevated road.
The minister said massive road network would be laid in the entire state and the government has planned at least Rs 2 lakh crore projects of which work on about Rs 70,000 crore projects is underway.
Gadkari last month laid foundation of three projects — Rs 806 crore Varanasi-Jaunpur stretch on National Highway No 56, Rs 785 crore Varanasi-Ajamgarh stretch on National Highway No 233 and Varanasi-Gazipur stretch on NH 29.
The minister said Rs 868 crore would be spent on Varanasi-Gazipur stretch. These highway stretches are scheduled to be completed by June 2018.
Gadkari said these stretches would result in all-round development of the state by promoting seamless flow of cargo traffic and passengers, and also also promote tourism and minimise the accidents.