Lucknow on Friday got a New Year gift from local MP and Home Minister Rajnath Singh as the central government sanctioned the proposal of a 105-km four-laned outer ring road worth Rs 5,000 crore.
Officials said notification for the ambitious project has been issued by the government.
A representative of the home minister, Diwakar Tripathi told IANS that the proposal was a very serious effort towards decongestion of traffic on city roads and was one of the promises made by Singh in his campaigns during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the state Public Works Department (PWD) would be involved in executing the project.
In the first phase, it will cover BKT, Behta, Indira canal, Mohanlalganj and the Bunny sections on the busy Kanpur road.