Recently, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh.

Important points:

  • It starts from Chandsarai village, located near the existing Lucknow-Sultanpur Road (NH-731), in Lucknow district and it ends at Haidaria village on National Highway 31 in Ghazipur, 18 km from the UP-Bihar border, in Ghazipur district.
  • The expressway will connect with the existing Agra-Lucknow and Agra-Noida Yamuna expressways to form an industrial corridor, providing connectivity from the eastern to western borders of UP.
  • An industrial corridor is basically a corridor consisting of multi-modal transport services that would pass through the states as main arteries.
  • The districts falling on this greenfield expressway are Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur.


  • It will have CNG stations, electric recharge stations for vehicles and will be connected with the defence corridor through the Agra and Bundelkhand expressways.
  • The eastern region of the state would not only be connected to Lucknow but also further to the National Capital through Agra-Lucknow and Yamuna Expressways.
  • It is going to give a boost to the economic development of the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The expressway will provide better and quick access to bigger markets for agri commodities and other products manufactured in the region.

Industrial Corridor

  • India is developing various Industrial Corridor Projects as part of the National Industrial Corridor programme.
  • National Industrial Corridor Development Programme is India’s most ambitious infrastructure programme aiming to develop new industrial cities as “Smart Cities” and converging next generation technologies across infrastructure sectors.
  • It is aimed at development of futuristic industrial cities in India which can compete with the best manufacturing and investment destinations in the world.
  • The same will create employment opportunities and economic growth leading to overall socio-economic development.
  • The development of these eleven industrial corridor projects will be implemented through the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT).


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