The Cabinet Committee
on Infrastructure today approved the development of six laning of Handia-Varanasi
section of NH-2 in Uttar Pradesh under NHDP Phase V on Design, Build,
Finance, Operate and Transfer basis in BOT (Toll) mode of delivery. The
total length of the road will be 72.398 kms.
The total cost of the project including land acquisition, rehabilitation
and pre-construction activities will be Rs.944.90 crore. The concession
period will be 28 years including construction period of 30 months.
The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of
infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh and also to reduce the time and cost of
travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Handia
and Varanasi. The NH-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 for local labourers for project
The project is covered in the districts of Allahabad, Pratap Garh, Dr.
Ambedkar Nagar, Mirzapur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.