The 354-km Purvanchal Expressway project, the country’s longest, is on stream with the Uttar Pradesh government awarding the eight packages of the project to five companies — PNC Infratech Limited, Gayatri Projects, GR Infra, Oriental Structural Engineering and Apco Infra. While PNC Infratech, Gayatri Projects, and GMR Infratech bagged two packages each, Apco and Oriental bagged one package each.
About Purvanchal Expressway:
The project, which will connect Lucknow with Ghazipur, will start from Chand Sarai area near NH-56 in Lucknow and is estimated to cost around Rs 23,000 crore.
It will also be connected to Varanasi through a separate link road.
Once completed, the Purvanchal Expressway will provide uninterrupted connectivity to 9 districts of Lucknow, Ghazipur, Amethi, Ajamgarh, Faizabad, Barabanki, Mau, Ambedkar Nagar and Sultanpur.
It would provide seamless access to the national capital Delhi via the 302-km long Lucknow-Agra expressway and the 165-km Agra-Greater Noida Yamuna Expressway.
The Project is being implemented in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Mode.
With the Construction of Purvanchal Expressway, accelerated convenient mode of Transportation shall be available between the Eastern boundary of the State and the National Capital via State capital through other similar Expressways in the State viz. ‘Agra to Lucknow Expressway’ and ‘Yamuna Expressway’.
Being an Access Controlled Expressway, it would provide benefits like fuel saving, time-saving and Control in Pollution level, along with the reduction in accidents.
The areas covered by this Expressway would be benefited in Social & Economical way. The agriculture, commerce, tourism and other industrial development will also get a fillip.
Industrial Training Institutes, Educational Institutes, Medical Institutes, New Townships and other various Commercial setups shall be developed, especially near the Expressway areas, which will result into more opportunities for employment in the region. The overall social/economic development in the state will get a boost.
The proposed Expressway will prove to be a catalyst for the development of the region and State.
The proposed Purvanchal Expressway getting connected with existing Agra-Lucknow Expressway shall become a vast Industrial Corridor connecting Eastern boundary to Western boundary of the state which will result into overall development of the state.
What is EPC model?
EPC is a model of the contract between the government and private sector players for public infrastructure building. Under this system, the entire project is funded by the government.
The EPC entails the contractor build the project by designing, installing and procuring necessary labor and land to construct the infrastructure, either directly or by subcontracting.
Under the EPC model the contractor is legally responsible to complete the project under some fixed predetermined timeline and may also involve scope for a penalty in case of time overrun.
Under EPC, all the clearances, land acquisition and regulatory norms have to be completed by the government itself.