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Banda, Nov 20: The Uttar Pradesh government is working on developing expressways as industrial corridors by setting up industrial centres along these expressways with an estimated budget of more than Rs 7,000 crore.

On the directives of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the UP Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has identified sites for industrial centers.

As per the plan, UPEIDA will set up industrial centers along 5 expressways, including Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Purvanchal Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway, Gorakhpur Link Expressway and Ganga Expressway in the state.

UPEIDA presented details of the identified industrial corridors along these five expressways to the CM in a high-level meeting on Saturday.

According to this, 11 sites have been selected for industrial corridors along the Ganga Expressway, which connects a total of 12 districts in the state, with a total area of 1,522 hectares. The estimated expenditure on this is around Rs 2,300 crore.

Similarly, 6 sites have been identified along the Bundelkhand Expressway connecting 7 districts. The proposed area for this is 1,884 hectares, with an estimated expenditure of more than Rs 1,500 crore.

Sources said that 5 sites have been selected in 10 districts connected to the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. The total area for this is 532 hectares and the estimated expenditure for its development is around Rs 650 crore.

Meanwhile, 5 places have been identified for the industrial corridor on the Purvanchal Expressway connecting 9 districts, the proposed area of which is 1,586 hectares and the estimated expenditure is likely to be Rs 2,300 crore.

The fifth and final expressway is the Gorakhpur Link Expressway. For this, 2 sites have been chosen in 4 districts for industrial centers, with a total area of 345 hectares and an estimated expenditure of Rs 320 crore.

In total, more than 30 sites have been identified along these five expressways, with a total area exceeding 5800 hectares. All 108 villages associated with the identified 30 sites by UPEIDA have been notified by the state government.

Additionally, Rs 200 crore has been released to the respective 6 District Magistrates for land purchase. An order has also been issued to release Rs 1500 crore on the lines of Bundelkhand Industrial Authority for purchasing land.