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Government of India
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
19-February-2015 20:59 IST
Six laning of Handia-Varanasi section of National Highway – 2 in Uttar Pradesh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the six laning of the Handia-Varanasi section of National Highway – 2 in Uttar Pradesh.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V. The approval is in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis.

The cost is estimated to be Rs. 2378.59 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 72.4 kms.

The main objective of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Handia – Varanasi. The National Highway -2 is an important link connecting Allahabad, Handia, Varanasi and other towns in south-eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. It will also increase the employment potential to the local labourers for the project activities.