NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate two national highways in Varanasi on November 12.
The roads have been constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) under Bharatmala programme at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore.
The 16.55 km Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I has been completed at a cost of Rs 759.36 crore and four-laning and construction of 17.25 km Babatput-Varanasi road on NH-56 have cost Rs 812.59 crore. The highway has a total length of 34 kilometres.
The Ring Road, with two Road Over Bridge (ROB) and a flyover, will provide a way for traffic on NH 56 (Lucknow-Varanasi), NH 233 (Azamgarh-Varanasi), NH 29 (Gorakhpur-Varanasi) and Ayodhya – Varanasi highways to bypass Varanasi city.
The Babatpur Airport highway will link Varanasi to the airport and go on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. With a flyover at Harhua and a ROB at Tarna, will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport.
There are currently NH projects of total length 2833 km, costing Rs 63,885 crore underway to link Varanasi to other places in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, out of these fifteen road projects of 1143 kilometre length are under construction. A sum of Rs 3,0227 crore is likely to be spent on these.
Besides these, there are seven targeted projects of 235 km costing Rs 8,265 crore. The 20 projects are in the Detailed Project Report stage for constructing 1455 km roads at a cost of Rs 25,323 crore.
In a separate event the same day, Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi.
This is the first of the four multimodal terminals being constructed on NW-I ( River Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with the capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga.
With inputs from ANI