Nitin Gadkari inaugurates the Sagar Greenfield Link Road, improves connectivity between MP and UP

Giving a major infra boost to Madhya Pradesh, specifically the backward area of Bundelkhand, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Infrastructure, Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated the Sagar Greenfield Link Road among other highway projects.

The road corridor costing around Rs. 11,300 crores will connect Bhopal to Kanpur and reduce the distance between the two cities by about 21 kilometers, while also improving the connectivity from Bhopal to Lucknow, Varanasi, and Prayagraj. This will also improve the logistics operations of the cement and mineral transportation between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Moreover, it will also help reduce the travel time between the two cities from 15 to 7 hours. The construction of flyovers in Sagar City, Chhatarpur City, and Gadhakota will solve the problem of traffic jams.

The Union Minister also laid the foundation stone of 18 national highway projects with a total length of 550 km to boost road connectivity in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 6,800 crores.

Among the various projects that were inaugurated during the event, also include a greenfield bypass project for Orchcha costing about Rs. 520 crores, a 665-meter bridge spanning River Betwa at an estimated cost of 25 crores, and flyovers in Garhakota, Chhatarpur City, and Sagar.

The River Betwa, which was over 20 years in the making, was concluded at a cost of around 25 crores. According to Gadkari, the construction of a two-lane paved shoulder bridge and footpath will improve the connectivity of Tikamgarh, Orchha, and Jhansi. He further mentioned that the union government is spending around Rs 70,000 crore to improve connectivity to holy places like Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, and Orchcha which are related to Lord Sri Ram.

Moreover, the newly built highways will provide easy connectivity to various tourist destinations in the state, such as Orchha, Tikamgarh, Sanchi, Panna, Chitrakoot, and Khajuraho, he said.

The construction of a four-lane greenfield road project, which will be costing about Rs. 2,000 crores, from Bamitha to Satna was also announced by the minister during the program. This four-lane construction will help boost the tourism industry in the state.

Gadkari also announced that a greenfield highway will be constructed between the Taj Mahal city of Agra and the city of Gwalior, via Uttar Pradesh’s Shamshabad and Dholpur in Rajasthan.

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