PM to launch road project to­day; SP claims credit

The Hitavada - - NATION -

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).

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