PM to launch road project today; SP claims credit
THE ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) have begun a war of words here over the Rs 23,000-crore Purvanchal Expressway project which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch on Saturday in Azamgarh.
The Opposition party is claiming that project is the brainchild of its leader and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who laid a foundation stone for the same stretch in December 2016.
“With this expressway, the eastern districts of the State will get linked with New Delhi via Yamuna expressway and it will become the longest expressway in the country,” Yadav was then quoted as saying. Modi will lay the foundation stone for the 340-km expressway when he visits Azamgarh today as part of his two-day trip which will also cover Varanasi and Mirzapur. The six-lane expressway, which can be expanded to eight lanes, will provide a smooth ride between Lucknow and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh(UP).