Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated seven national highway projects with an investment of US$ 785 million (Rs. 6,500 crores) in Chitbada Village, Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Nitin Gadkari stated that the Ballia Link Expressway's completion will make it feasible to travel from Lucknow to Patna via the Purvanchal Expressway in just four and a half hours. Ballia to Buxar, Ballia to Chhapra, and Ballia to Patna can all be reached in under an hour. He noted that the Greenfield Highway will improve connectivity between eastern Uttar Pradesh and Chhapra, Patna, and Buxar in Bihar.
He asserted that the vegetables of the farmers of Ballia will be able to reach the mandis of Lucknow, Varanasi, and Patna easily, and further added that the vegetable-producing farmers will get the direct benefit of three multi-modal terminals Varanasi, Ghazipur, and Haldia through this expressway.
According to the minister, the Delhi-Kolkata Grand Trunk (GT) Road will provide access to Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh and Kaimur district of Bihar via the greenfield road from Chandauli to Mohania, which is being built at a cost of US$ 15.7 million (Rs. 130 crores). He claimed that once the Saidpur to Mardah route is built, Mau will have direct access to Varanasi via Saidpur. As per him, the state's economic and social conditions will improve as well as the backward regions of the Azamgarh district will receive new connectivity because of the improved connectivity with other state cities.
Furthermore, the new connectivity route between Ballia-Ara through 28 km greenfield spur road at a cost of US$ 181 million (Rs. 1,500 crores) was also announced.
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