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India’s Longest Expressway Purvanchal Expressway To Open From Diwali: CM Yogi Adityanath

340-km, 6-lane expressway will link Lucknow with Ghazipur, passing through Barabanki, Faizabad, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh and Mau.



AZAMGARH (Uttar Pradesh): Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that the 340-km-long six-lane (expandable to eight lanes, greenfield Purvanchal Expressway would be operational from Diwali 2020.

Speaking at Azamgarh, where he was present for a physical inspection of the expressway, he said that the work for the expressway was being done as per the said timeline.

The six-lane Purvanchal expressway will link the state capital Lucknow with Ghazipur, the easternmost district of UP, passing through Barabanki, Faizabad, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh and Mau.

With the opening of the Purvanchal Expressway, the travel time is likely to reduce to four-and-a-half to five hours.

The project is likely to provide several benefits including control in pollution, fuel saving, reduction in accidents, time-saving among others. Being built on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode, the expressway will be expandable to eight lanes.

Once the expressway gets connected with the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, the project is likely to become a vast industrial corridor.

This will link the eastern boundary to the western boundary of the state, resulting in the overall development of the state.

It will provide the backward districts along the eastern boundary of the state seamless connection to the National Capital Region via Lucknow, Agra and Noida through the Lucknow-Agra Expressway and the Yamuna Expressway.

The expressway is being built under the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) model, which means that the contractor will be responsible for all the activities from design, procurement, commission, construction to the handover of the project to the end-user.

UPEIDA, which will spend Rs 11,216 crore on the construction of the expressway, has divided the project into eight packages.

Three firms — Gayatri Projects Limited, GR Infraprojects and PNC Infratech Limited are executing two packages each while Apco Infra Private Limited and Oriental Structural Engineering have been awarded one package each.

Gayatri Projects Ltd is working on package one and two, Apco Infratech Pvt Ltd on package 3, GR Infra Projects Ltd on package 4 and 7, PNC Infratech Ltd on package 6 and 7 and Oriental Structures Pvt Ltd on package 8.

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COVID-19: Govt Forms 11 Empowered Groups To Minimise Lockdown Hardships

Each group has a senior representative from PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat to ensure seamless coordination.



NEW DELHI: Government has constituted 11 different Empowered groups to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce the misery of people as quickly as possible post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. The groups have been set up under the Disaster Management Act.

Each group has a senior representative from PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat to ensure seamless coordination.

The groups have been empowered to formulate plans and to take all necessary steps for their time-bound implementation.

The initiative is being viewed as pro-active step by the government to deal with multiple challenges which the outbreak of  COVID-19 has posed.

The Empowered Group on Medical Emergency and Management Plan will be headed by NITI Aayog member Dr V Paul, while the Group on Availability of Hospitals, Disease Surveillance and Testing and Critical Care Training will work under the Chairmanship of Environment Secretary C K Mishra.

The Empowered Group on ensuring the availability of essential medical equipment, production Procurement, Import and Distribution will be headed by Pharmaceuticals Secretary P D Vaghela, while the Group on augmenting Human Resources and Capacity Building will function under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Secretary Arun Panda.

Drinking Water Secretary Parameswaran Iyer will lead the Group on Facilitating Supply Chain and Logistics Management for the availability of necessary items.

CEO NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant will head the Group on coordinating with the private sector. The Group on Economic and Welfare measures will function under Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty and Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ravi Mittal will head the Group on Information, Communication and Public Awareness.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY ) Secretary Ajay Sawhney look after the Group on Technology and Data Management, HRD Secretary Amit Khare will head the panel on Public Grievances while Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla will head the Empowered Group constituted on Strategic issues relating to Lockdown.

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Bridge Over Teesta River In North Sikkim Opened For Traffic

The bridge will help the movement of logistics for the Armed Forces deployed in the forward areas. 



GANGTOK (Sikkim): In a relief to the residents of Lachen in North Sikkim, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on March 21 opened for traffic 360 feet long bailey suspension bridge over Teesta River in Munshithang near Chungthang town.

The 86 Road Construction Company (RCC) of 758 Border Roads Task Force (BRTF), under Project Swastik, commenced the construction of the bridge in October 2019 and completed it in January 2020.

The approach roads to the bridge have also been constructed.

The bridge will give impetus to tourism and facilitate the movement of logistics for the Armed Forces deployed in the forward areas.

In June 2019, a steel bridge of 180 feet span at the same location was completely damaged due to a massive cloud burst resulting in severing the lines of communication in North District of Sikkim.

The connectivity was kept open by routing the traffic through restricted Army land.

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Gairsain To Be Summer Capital Of Uttarakhand: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

Gairsain boasts of Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers as major tourist attractions.



DEHRADUN (Uttarakhand): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Wednesday announced that Gairsain will be the summer capital of the state, partially fulfilling the demand of the hill people to make it the permanent capital. CM Rawat made the announcement during the ongoing Budget session of the Uttarakhand Assembly at Gairsain.

Later in a tweet, Rawat said, “Uttarakhand is a hilly state, a capital in the hills has been the dream of the people and we have struggled for the same as well. Respecting the sentiments of the people, we have decided to declare Gairsain as the summer capital of the state.”

I salute the mothers of the state who participated in the Uttarakhand movement along with the youth and those who sacrificed themselves in the state-building movement,” he added.

About Gairsain:

The name Gairsain is derived from local language Gair (at some depth) and Sain (rolling plains).

In 1960, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali proposed Gairsain as the capital state of Uttarakhand. The district of Garhwal came into existence after being separated from the Kumaon District.

In 1992, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal declared Gairsain as the capital of Uttarakhand. The state government has given a status of Nagar Panchayat to Gairsain in 2015-16.

Gairsain is situated at the eastern edge of the vast Dudhatoli mountain range, located almost at the centre of the state, at a distance of approximately 250 kilometres from Dehradun.

A summer capital is a city used as an administrative capital during extended periods of particularly hot weather.

In 2017, BJP had promised in its manifesto to declare Garsain as the summer capital of Uttarakhand. The people of the state gave a bumper 57 seats to the BJP in the assembly elections. No other political party was able to get so many seats in the history of Uttarakhand’s politics.

Since attaining the statehood, however, Dehradun has been the temporary capital of the state and still houses the chief minister’s residence, Raj Bhavan and MLA residences.

Every government has, however, been wary about declaring Dehradun the permanent capital, because Gairsain’s demand strikes an emotional chord with residents of the hill regions.

Gairsain boasts of Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers as major tourist attractions.

The state assembly mostly meets in Dehradun, but occasionally sessions – like the current Budget session – are held in Gairsain as well.

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