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Row over expressway ahead of Modi's UP visit, SP says Akhilesh inaugurated project in 2016

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The ruling BJP and the have begun a war of words here over the Rs 23,000-crore project which will launch tomorrow in

The opposition party is claiming that project is the brainchild of its leader and former 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 via 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 tomorrow as part of his two-day trip which will also cover and

The six-lane expressway, which can be expanded to eight lanes, will provide a smooth ride between and in eastern UP.

Both the BJP and the seemed to be trying to take credit for the project keeping the 2019 in mind.

Taking a jibe at the BJP government, said, "The government had vision while this government is sans any vision.

They only want to term the work done by the SP government as their own. They simply have nothing of their own to showcase to the people of the state," he said.

SP workers led by had staged a demonstration at the district collectorate yesterday against the planned launch of the project.

The said the government had taken up the project to help develop eastern UP.

It will connect the state capital with economically less developed districts like Azamgarh, Mau, Ghazipur, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Amethi, he said.

The eastern districts will be further connected to and the national capital by the Expressway and Yamuna Expressway, he said.

Recently, the approved a proposal to seek of about Rs 12,000 crore for The total cost of the project is over Rs 23,300 crore.

The time-frame for construction is 36 months, but our efforts will be to construct this in 24-26 months," said.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 19:25 IST