All preparations are underway for the inauguration of the Purvanchal Highway by the Prime Minister Narendra modi at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district on Tuesday, an official statement said. After the launch, the prime minister will witness an air show by the Indian Air Force on the 3.2 km runway built on the highway in the Sultanpur district.
The runway will allow IAF fighter jets to land and take off in an emergency. The prime minister is also scheduled to address a public meeting at a nearby location.
The Purvanchal Highway is over 340 km long. It starts in the village of Chandsarai in Lucknow and ends in the village of Haidaria located on the national highway 31 in Ghazipur (18 km from the UP-Bihar border). It is a six-lane highway that can be expanded to eight lanes in the future.
Built at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 22.5 billion, the Purvanchal Highway will give a boost to the economic development of the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh, especially the districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur, the statement said. The area around the program headquarters in Sultanpur has been decorated in saffron, while the runway and divider have also been decorated. Strong security arrangements have been made for the event.
According to the district administration, the fighter plane will carry out a touch and go operation on the highway. Sukhoi, Mirage, Rafale and AN-32 jets will participate in the air show, he said. Prime Minister Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will land on the runway in a Hercules C-130 aircraft for the inauguration on Tuesday.
In July 2018, Modi laid the foundation for the Purvanchal Highway in Azamgarh.