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PM relaunching my govt's expressway project: Akhilesh

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Hours before was to lay the foundation stone for the Purvanchal Expressway, former minister today sought to take the wind out of his sails by claiming it was his own government's project which was being relaunched.

"This was originally Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway, but the word Samajwadi has been dropped," the told a press conference at the party headquarters here.

Almost at the same time, Deputy Minister called a press meet refuting the charges.

Sharma said by claiming credit for the projects being implemented by "the government of the day", Yadav was insulting the development work itself.

The planned 340-km expressway will connect the state capital with Ghazipur in eastern at an estimated cost of Rs 23,000 crore.

Attacking the BJP, said the specifications of the project had been lowered by the current government.

We used to claim that even if you move at 120 kmph, a glass of water will not spill on you, he said.

"When the land was being acquired from farmers, they had given it without any agitation, understanding the need for development, he said.

"The SP had wanted to construct a six-lane, expandable to eight lanes, This will remain six-lane and will not be expanded. Unlike the Agra-Expressway which can be expanded, the cannot be expanded," he said.

The said there would be no service lanes under the new project, and there is no streetlight.

"The BJP people can do anything to lower the costs. The roads are being constructed under PWD standards. Who will construct the toilets? The SP had built amenities which could cater to the passengers of two buses simultaneously," he said.

Yadav said the BJP could do anything to stay in power, whether it was speaking lies or deceiving people. Only the BJP government had the immense courage to claim someone else's project as their own without any remorse, he added.

The former also accused the BJP government of stealing credit for the metro rail line to Noida and the recently launched factory in that township.

The foundation stone of the factory was laid by us. Imagine, the foundation stone of the factory which was laid by (senior SP leader) is now being inaugurated by the prime minister," he said.

Yadav said when was in at an investors' meet, he had praised the Malihabadi mangoes. But Chief Minister stopped work on setting up a 'mandi', he charged.

The same thing happened with the perfumery park in Kannauj, he said.

"I had earlier said that 'kaam boltaa hai' (work speaks for itself) and still reiterate that the SP's 'kaam' speaks, he said.

He drew comparisons between the cost of expressways constructed by the BJP government and the one headed by him.

"The SP had constructed an expressway in 19 months. Show that this expressway can be made in 17-18 months, he challenged.

He also claimed that the BJP has deceived the people of Purvanchal, as Ballia, Varanasi, and were left out under the project.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 15:30 IST