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Purvanchal Expressway to be completed by Jan 2021: UP Govt

Purvanchal Expressway to be completed by Jan 2021: UP Govt

Lucknow, Aug 10 (UNI) Extending the deadline from Diwali this year to January 2021, Uttar Pradesh government has said that 52 per cent of the work of the 340-kilometre long Purvanchal Expressway has been completed.

The announcement was made by UP Expressway and Industrial Development Authority(UPEIDA) CEO and Additional chief secretary home Awanish Awasthi here on Sunday night.

He said that 52 per cent of the work has been completed and by the end of August, it will go up to 56 per cent.
The Expressway, being built in 8 packages under EPC from Lucknow to Ghazipur connecting the Lucknow -Agra expressway, is likely to be completed by January next, Mr Awasthi said.
When completed, vehicles from Ghazipur will take around 7 to 8 hrs to reach Noida.
Mr Awasthi who made an on-spot inspection of the project said that the bridge on river Gomti is being constructed in a faster pace while the construction companies have been asked to speed up the construction of ROBs and other bridges.

The flagship Purvanchal Expressway, estimated to cost Rs 23,000 crore, was being constructed through 8 different packages by five private companies, namely, Gayatri Projects, PNC Infratech, GR Infra Project, Apco Infratech and Oriental Structural Engineering.
The Expressway will traverse 9 districts viz Lucknow, Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur.
Purvanchal Expressway will provide seamless connectivity between the backward Eastern UP districts to the National Capital Region (NCR) via the already operational Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Agra-Greater Noida Yamuna Expressway.

It will also have an emergency airstrip for Indian Air Force jets at Kurebhar (Sultanpur). Currently, Agra-Lucknow Expressway has a 3.3-km-long runway at Unnao for allowing landing and takeoff to IAF fighter planes during an emergency.

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Rs 224 08 cr to poor under Sambal

20 Jan 2021 | 3:15 AM

Bhopal, Jan 19 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan fired a broadside on Tuesday at the predecessor Congress dispensation by averring that it ceased extending benefits of the Sambal Yojana.
“However, my government revived the programme,” the veteran leader was officially quoted as saying while electronically transferring ex gratia of Rs 224.08 crore to 10,285 beneficiaries during a function at the state capital’s grand Minto Hall.

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MP CM’s challenge to lawbreakers

20 Jan 2021 | 2:56 AM

Bhopal, Jan 19 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday threw down the gauntlet again to the liquor mafia.
Addressing divisional commissioners, inspectors general, collectors, police superintendents and excise officers via videoconferencing; the senior politician was officially quoted as saying, “Under no circumstances should incidents such as sale of hooch – which snuffed out lives in Ujjain and Morena districts – recur. Government functionaries will be rewarded for good performance. Information and intelligence systems of every district must be further developed plus strengthened. Awareness level ought to be raised among the masses. Joint teams of Police, Food and Drug Administration, Revenue and Excise departments should work ceaselessly in a well-planned manner.”

The meeting was informed that the Excise Policy requires amendment.

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Record paddy bought in MP

20 Jan 2021 | 2:40 AM

Bhopal, Jan 19 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed satisfaction on Tuesday over the never-before purchase of 37.26 lakh metric tonnes paddy at support price, official sources said.
“A sum of Rs 5,000 crore has been disbursed to cultivators and 90 per cent of the crop transported. The remainder payment should be made at the earliest and milling executed as soon as possible,” the senior politician averred during a review meeting at Mantralaya.

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MP CM’s focus on irrigation

20 Jan 2021 | 2:21 AM

Bhopal, Jan 19 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday emphasised on expansion of irrigation facilities and timely completion of related projects while assuring that there will be no financial constraint whatsoever, it was officially learnt.
The senior politician was reviewing schemes being implemented by the Narmada Valley Development Authority. The projected watering capacity is 39.41 lakh hectares. Work of five projects namely the Ujjain-Dewas pipeline, Narmada-Malwa Gambhir Link, Harsud, Upper Beda Right Bank Canal and Omkareshwar Canal Phase-4 was completed in 2020. Action is underway with regard to inviting tenders for ten projects envisaging expenditure of Rs 22,081 crore. Sixteen projects are heading towards completion. As much as 225 MW is proposed to be generated.

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Farmer agitation reaches Day 55, HP Apple growers share non-APMC experiences

20 Jan 2021 | 12:08 AM

Shimla, Jan 18 (UNI) As the farmers, hailing mostly from Haryana and Punjab, brave harsh winters and other adversaries on the borders of Delhi, demanding rollback of three farm laws, stating that these would end the APMC markets, the ryots, especially Apple growers from Himachal Pradesh, have shared their not-so-pleasant stories regarding the same.

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