Uttar Pradesh CM hasty in announcing projects ahead of assembly elections


Akhilesh is only a CM of Shilanyas”, say opposition parties leaders in Uttar Pradesh. Is it true?

As the state election dates came close, the foundation stone-laying and project inauguration actions picked up speed in Uttar Pradesh. It was reported that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated and laid foundation stones of more than over 5,500 projects in about six hours, at 13 different places in Lucknow!

To begin with, on 5 October, 2016, the Uttar Pradesh CM laid the foundation stone for the Rs 13,721 crore Kanpur Metro Rail Project. The 32.38 km long metro project still awaits final approval from the central government. The CM also laid the foundation stone for the Rs 12,395 crore Lucknow-Ballia Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway project. The expressway is planned to be implemented in eight EPC packages, and contractors for the same are yet to be finalised.

Foundation stones were also laid for central government sponsored projects — City Gas Distribution Project, Varanasi; Meerut – Bulandshahar Road Upgradation Project; Technology Centre (Greater Noida); and Institute of Archaeology Greater Noida Project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 20 October, 2016, laid the foundation stone for a Rs 1,000 crore city gas distribution project in Varanasi. The project is expected to connect 50,000 households with piped natural gas (PNG) and will also offer compressed natural gas (CNG) to 20,000 vehicles through 20 CNG stations.

On 28 October, 2016, the foundation stone was laid for Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida. The project, at an investment of Rs 120 crore, will spread over 25 acre of land.

The foundation stone was also laid for MSME Technology Centre at Greater Noida. The central government will invest over Rs 145 crore to create facilities towards development of civil and associate infrastructure, and plant and machinery. On becoming fully operational, the technology centre will train around 3,000 people annually.

Project Tendering

 Along with the announcement and inauguration of projects, the state of Uttar Pradesh also witnessed 33 percent increased project tendering activities during Oct-Dec 2016 in terms of the number of tenders floated as compared to the previous quarter.

In all, 1,538 tenders worth Rs 41, 566 crore have been floated to execute various works. The increased tendering activities were seen in the number tenders floated by state government agencies. The state government agencies floated 1,329 projects tenders worth Rs 29,959 crore, as against 941 tenders worth Rs 13,348 crore floated in the previous quarter.

Project Tendering – Uttar Pradesh

July-Sept 2016

Oct-Dec 2016


(Rs Crore)


Share %

(Rs Crore)


Share %

Central Government







State Government







Private (Indian)







Grand Total







Source: www.projectstoday.com

Among the sectors, Roadways topped the list with 924 tenders worth Rs 35,157 crore. Community Services, Power Distribution, and Hospitals followed with 125 tenders worth Rs 1,044 crore; 115 tenders worth Rs 1,352 crore; and 101 tenders worth Rs134.58 crore, respectively.

Spate of Project inaugurations

On 21 November, 2016, the CM inaugurated the Rs 15,000 crore Agra-Lucknow Access Controlled Expressway. But the expressway is yet to be opened to traffic as work on dividers, side-barriers, lighting, wire fencing, and central line marking is under progress. Initially, the expressway was planned to be developed on PPP basis, but none of the technically qualified firms came forward with the financial bid. Hence, in January 2014, the state government invited fresh bids on EPC basis in five packages; and contracts were awarded to five different companies. Work on the project started in November 2014 with completion scheduled within 22 months.

Inaugurated State Projects (Oct-Dec 2016)



Cost (Rs Crore)

Agra-Lucknow Expressway

302 km


Gomti River Front Development

30 km


IT City (Lucknow)

100 acre


International Cricket Stadium (Lucknow)

50000 seats


Milk Processing (Chak Ganjaria)

1825 LLPD


Source: www.projectstoday.com

The state CM also flagged off the trial run of the Lucknow Metro rail project; a 22.87 km long North-South corridor (Phase-IA). The trial run of the Rs 6,928 crore project took place from the elevated priority section of the Transport Nagar Metro Depot, near Amausi airport in Lucknow. The metro is likely to be open to the public from 26 March, 2017.

Akhilesh Yadav also inaugurated the international cricket stadium and Chak Ganjaria City (CG City) at Shaheed Path in Lucknow. The CG City comprises an IT City, a modern dairy plant, a super-speciality hospital, an administrative academy, and a modern medi-city and a cancer institute.

As per the information collected by ProjectsToday, work on Medanta’s Avadh Super Specialty Hospital and HCL Group’s IT City projects was still under progress and will take one more year for full completion. Similarly, work on the remaining facilities at international cricket stadium (such as indoor stadium, hostels, staff accommodation and guest house) are still under execution and are likely to be completed by next year.

Gomti River Front Development Project, which is currently partially completed, was dedicated to the public on 16 November, 2016. The project involves desilting of the river from Harding Bridge to Gomti weir, channelization of river by constructing Diaphragm wall, and beautification and development of a green belt along both sides of Gomti river. At the time of inauguration, only the channelization of Gomti river was completed and the remaining works are yet to be completed.

Not to be left behind, the central government also inaugurated a number of projects in the state. These projects were the 33 km long four lane Agra bypass project worth Rs 465.50 crore; Central Detective Training School at Ghaziabad worth Rs 65.14 crore; the 39 km long Bhojipura-Pilibhit-Tanakpur GC Railway Line-I of Rs 180 crore; and 106 CKM Unchahar TPS-Fatehpur Transmission Line of Power Grid Corporation.

Inaugurated Central Projects (Oct-Dec 2016)



Cost (Rs Crore)

Agra Bypass

32.8 km


Bhojipura-Pilibhit-Tanakpur GC Railway Line-1

39.0 km


Unchahar TPS-Fatehpur Transmission Line

106.0 CKM


Central Detective Training School

8.32 acre


Source: www.projectstoday.com

The Election Commission announced the dates and phases of the state assembly elections for five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa. Voting will take place in a single phase in Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand while the state of Manipur will have a two-phase election, and Uttar Pradesh will have a seven-phase election. Counting of votes for all states will be held on 11 March, 2017.



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  1. Deepika says:

    I came to know current related state projects to get those information it is really well and good , as i am interested in these kind of things. i really like this blog.

  2. Paul says:

    Well said! Really appreciate your sentiments.

  3. Mallika says:

    Good Information. These kinds of announcement might be happening in other states too.

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