The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has identified 25 projects to be implemented at priority ahead of the 2022 state polls and has set up a five-member Project Monitoring Group headed by the chief secretary to oversee these projects every week.
The chief minister has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of two of these projects — the Bundelkhand Expressway this month and the Jewar International Airport in January. Work on the third such project, the defence corridor in UP, is expected to begin next February when the Defence Expo is held.
Adityanath has also invited the PM for the DefExpo India, which will be held for the first time in the state next year in Lucknow.
UP’s chief secretary RK Tiwari wrote to secretaries of 10 departments on November 27, specifying the 25 projects and ordering setting up of four sub-groups for monitoring them through a meeting each week. These projects include the Purvanchal Expressway, Ganga Expressway and the Gorakhpur Link Expressway. Metro projects in Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj and Bareilly also figure in the list.
Other projects identified as top-level priorities are the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in Gorakhpur and Rae Bareli, universities in Azamgarh, Aligarh and Saharanpur, an Ayush university and a sports university. A medical university in the name of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee is on the high-priority list, along with the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi. Tourism development in Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi also figure in the list.
A senior UP BJP functionary told ET that the state government has conceptualised and is pushing these projects to showcase its “development record” ahead of the 2022 election, and counter the claims of former CM Akhilesh Yadav that the BJP government has only taken forward projects launched by his government. “In fact, the Akhilesh government delayed projects like Jewar airport and Purvanchal Eway,” said the functionary, who did not wish to be identified.
The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor, execution of memorandums of understanding signed during the Investors Summit in UP and implementation of central big-ticket projects such as Smart City, Amrut Scheme and the Nanami Gange programme have been identified among the state government’s focus areas.
The chief secretary directed officials that milestones and targets be fixed for execution of all the 25 projects and a meeting be held every Tuesday to assess the progress.
The bid for Jewar airport was opened last week and the work will be officially awarded to Zurich Airport Ltd. after a state cabinet meeting in mid-December. The UP government said it has acquired more than 85% of land for the project at a record pace, just as it did in the case of the Bundelkhand Expressway.
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