Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway in Chitrakoot by pressing a button.
To be built at a cost of Rs 14,849 crore, the expressway will pass through Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun districts.
The expressway will be supplementing the nodes of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor announced by the Central government in February 2018.
This expressway will link Bundelkhand to the national capital Delhi through Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Yamuna Expressway as well as play a vital role in the development of the region.
Prime Minister also launched 10 thousand farmers Producer Organisations FPO all over the country on this occasion and distributed Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to the beneficiaries of the PM-Kisan scheme.
Kisan Credt Card being given to the beneficiaries of PM Kisan scheme will help farmers in availing short term loan using these cards. A massive distribution drive is being held today during which KCCs will be issued to farmers at bank branches spread across the country.
Bundelkhand Expressway and Har Ghar Jal Yojna will be instrumental in solving the 2 major problems of Bundelakhand region that is drinking water and unemployment.
The proposed Bundelkhand expressway will not only connect this backward region to the national capital region but will also support the nodes of Bundelakhnd Defence industrial corridor.
Farmers Producer Organisations FPOs will help small, marginal and landless farmers in order to give them access to technology, quality seed, fertilizers and pesticides including helping them in marketing of their products. The Centre will provide fund of Rs 15 lakh to each FPO.