The UP government will implement 25 priority projects before the 2022 elections

(This story originally appeared in on December 2, 2019) NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government identified 25 projects that will be implemented with priority before the 2022 state surveys and established a five-member Project Monitoring Group headed by the chief secretary to oversee these projects every week.

The prime minister has invited the prime minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundations of two of these projects: this month and January. Work on the third project, the defense corridor in UP, is expected to begin next February when the Defense Expo is held.

Adityanath has also invited the Prime Minister for the DefExpo India, which will be held for the first time in the state next year in Lucknow.

UP Chief Secretary RK Tiwari wrote to the secretaries of 10 departments on November 27, specifying the 25 projects and ordering the creation of four subgroups to monitor them through a meeting each week. These projects include the Purvanchal highway, the Ganga highway and the Gorakhpur Link highway. Metro projects in Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj and Bareilly are also listed.

Other projects identified as high-level priorities are the Institutes of Medical Sciences of India in Gorakhpur and Rae Bareli, universities in Azamgarh, Aligarh and Saharanpur, an Ayush university and a sports university. A medical university on behalf of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is on the high priority list, along with the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi. Tourism development in Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi is also listed.

A senior UP BJP official told ET that the state government has conceptualized and is pushing these projects to show their development record before the 2022 elections, and counter the claims of the former CM Akhilesh Yadav that the BJP government has only carried out projects launched by its government. In fact, the Akhilesh government delayed projects such as Jewar airport and Purvanchal Eway, said the official, who did not want to be identified.

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor, the execution of memoranda of understanding signed during the UP Investor Summit and the implementation of central projects such as Smart City, Amrut Scheme and the Nanami Gange program. identified among the focus areas of the state government.

The chief secretary told officials to set milestones and objectives for the execution of the 25 projects and to hold a meeting every Tuesday to assess progress.

The offer for Jewar airport was opened last week and the work will be officially awarded to Zurich Airport Ltd after a state cabinet meeting in mid-December. The UP government said it has acquired more than 85% of the land for the project at a record pace, as it did in the case of the Bundelkhand highway.