Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to aggregate industrial land bank of 10,000 acres in his home turf of Gorakhpur district. The land would be notified by Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority (GIDA) flanking the direct road connecting the district with proposed Purvanchal Expressway, which is estimated to cost Rs 200 billion. Interestingly, by poll to Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency is due next month to fill the seat vacated by Adityanath last year. Currently, GIDA has a land bank of about 1,700 acres and ramping up it by 10,000 acres means creating almost 6 times additional industrial grade land bank vis-à-vis presently. Yogi said the land would further boost the industrialisation in the region. He has also directed for increased vigil and patrolling in the GIDA area for instilling confidence among industrialists and investors. Purvanchal Expressway would traverse nine districts viz. Lucknow, Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. The 341 km long Expressway would also connect Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency with a direct link road.
Modi is touted to lay the foundation of the mega-project as well.