Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin a two-day tour of eastern Uttar Pradesh tomorrow, visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and laying the foundation stone in Azamgarh for the 340-km Purvanchal Expressway.
The projects to be launched in Varanasi alone are estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore.
Modi will land in Varanasi tomorrow and head straight by helicopter to Azamgarh, where he will launch the expressway project that the opposition Samajwadi Party claims was the brainchild of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
SP workers staged a demonstration at the Azamgarh district collectorate yesterday, saying the party was being denied credit.
The six-lane expressway will provide a smooth ride between the state capital and Ghazipur in eastern UP, where the BJP is trying to consolidate its position ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Rs 23,000-crore expressway will be constructed in three years, an official said.
After laying its foundation stone, the prime minister will address a public rally and fly back to Varanasi.
He will address another rally at Kachnar village there in the afternoon and also meet BJP workers at Varanasi's DLW guest house.
The Apna Dal faction today said the prime minister's Mirzapur visit indicated a further cementing of ties between the two allies.
At the rally in Kachnar village, Modi will inaugurate or formally launch work on development projects worth Rs 1,000 crore, according to UP minister Neelkanth Tiwari.
The projects include a perishable cargo centre, road repair schemes, remodelling of a town hall, a community health centre, a cancer hospital, a heritage walk, a BPO centre, and a new train service to Ballia.
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