Within a few days of winning a historic mandate in Uttar Pradesh, the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a Rs 2,147-crore project for the widening of Handia-Varanasi highway. This was just one of the few decisions taken by the Cabinet for Uttar Pradesh. During the election campaign, which resulted in 325 seats for BJP and its allies, PM Modi had made several promises in UP. All of them were outlined in the party’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto) also.
It seems the party has already started taking steps, even as the BJP government in the state is yet to take oath. The party hasn’t even declared who will be the Chief Minister of the state.
As far as Handia-Varanasi project is concerned, it has political, spiritual as well as economic relevance for the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. The project also marks a departure from the previous governments’ focus on the western and central parts of the state. Ex-CM Akhilesh took pride in developing the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, while his predecessor Mayawati had built the Delhi-Agra Expressway. Akhilesh had planned to build Lucknow-Ballia expressway, which couldn’t be realised because of SP loss in the recently concluded elections.
Here are all important facts you should know about Handia-Varanasi highway project and why it will boost BJP in 2019:
(With inputs from PIB)