Working hard to pave the road for electoral success in 2017, the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has started the tender process for the 347.5-km long “Purvanchal Expressway”.
To be built at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crore, the expressway connecting Lucknow to Ballia near Bihar border through Azamgarh district has been divided into six parts (stretches) of about 60-km each, to ensure its early start. The estimated cost for each part of the project is Rs 2,000 crore. Once the tender is awarded, the work on all the six parts would start simultaneously.
The government has called the first pre-qualification meeting with the probable “contractors” on November 20 to discuss its “request for qualification” document. The last date to submit the request for qualification document is December 16. Sources informed that the deadline for the completion of the each part would be decided after the November 20 meeting.
Fearing investors’ lack of interest, owing to the size and the cost of the project, the government has decided to build the expressway through its own funds on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model on the lines of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.
However, sources inform that government is likely to seek outside funding as sanctioning the entire project cots of Rs 12,000 crore will create a burden on exchequer.
Once completed, the project would ensure expressway connectivity across entire state through three connecting expressways.