When you hear the name of Bundelkhand, what is the image that comes with that? Most probably, that of a drought-prone land which for decades has been giving many sob stories. It is evident now that somebody is leaving no stone unturned to completely change this image in the years to come.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 29, 2020 is laying the foundation stone for the Bundelkhand Expressway at Chitrakoot. This 296 km expressway will connect Bundelkhand region with many other places in Uttar Pradesh, and with the national capital seamlessly in the end. The Bundelkhand Expressway will have seamless connectivity to the Agra-Lucknow Expressway as well as the Agra-Noida Expressway.
Expressway in Backward Region – Generating Jobs, Igniting Economic Activity
The Bundelkhand Expressway will start from Jhansi and will pass through the state’s lesser developed districts such as Chitrakoot. It is a well-known fact that any expressway brings a great buzz of economic activity along with. At the stage of building the expressway, it gives employment to various workers. Once the expressway completes, it will bring tourists and will help to optimise the resources in this region by connecting them with other cities.
Construction of this road will give rich dividends to farmers who own lands next to it, is a prominent sentiment among the locals about #BundelkhandExpressway
— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 28, 2020
The region also has plenty of religious and tourist spots such as Banda, Hamirpur, Auraiya, and Jalaun, which are underdeveloped. From Jalaun, the Bundelkhand Expressway will connect to Etawah and reach Naseempur through Bateshwar in Agra before joining the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.
The expressway will also help greatly for the Defence Corridor planned in UP, thereby assisting to bring huge economic activity.
Yogi Government’s Relentless Effort
It is in April 2017 that the Yogi Government in Uttar Pradesh announced the building of Bundelkhand Expressway. Ever since, the government worked relentlessly and succeeded in land acquisition, the factor which often hinders such mega projects. By October 2019, more than 90% of the land needed for the expressway was acquired and four developers were picked. It was reported that State would save Rs 1,229 crore in the project worth Rs 20,000 crore owing to submission of lowest bids under the competitive bidding process.
The vision and actions of some governments to ensure the development of backward regions with mega infrastructure projects has been evident all the while. You may read our previous article Where There Is A Will, There Could be Delhi – Mumbai Expressway! that briefs you more about such novel ideas.