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Lucknow Gets Connectivity Booster with Ayodhya, Eastern UP

– Six-laning of Lucknow-Ayodhya-Gorakhpur highway to start from March 2022

– Purvanchal Expressway to be operational in August 2021

The work on six-laning of Lucknow-Ayodhya-Gorakhpur highway will begin in March 2022, according to a report in the Hindustan newspaper. The operational 4-lane expressway connects the Capital City to Ayodhya and further to Eastern Uttar Pradesh thereby enabling the smooth movement of people and goods.

The six-laning is expected to be completed by February 2024.

The highway starts from Lucknow and passes through Barabanki, Ayodhya, Basti, Gonda, Sant Kabir Nagar and Gorakhpur.

The city of Ayodhya has become extremely important in the development roadmap of Uttar Pradesh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the temple town should manifest “the finest of our traditions and the best of our developmental transformations”.

Modi described Ayodhya as a city that is etched in the cultural consciousness of every Indian and said the human ethos of this city must be matched by futuristic infrastructure.

Ayodhya is expected to attract millions of tourists every year and a good connectivity matched world-class infrastructure will facilitate in the growth and development of cities in and around it. Lucknow will occupy the centrestage in this development process with huge scope for real estate, service and manufacturing, agro-processing, warehouses etc.

The Financial Express has also reported that the 341-km Purvanchal Expressway is expected to be flagged off in August 2021.

“The greenfield project will pass through nine of the most backward districts of eastern UP, including Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur, providing these predominantly agricultural tracts seamless connectivity to not just the state capital Lucknow, but also the National Capital Region – through the 302-km Agra-Lucknow Expressway and the 165-km Agra-Greater Noida Yamuna Expressway.”

Lucknow is one of North India’s most populous cities with growing opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship. By 2031, the city’s population is expected to touch 65 lakh and urbanisation of more than 70% by 2031. Lucknow contributes 3.85% to the State GDP.

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