Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for Bundelkhand Expressway project at Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh on 29 February 2020. He will also launch 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) all over the country.
The state government is constructing the expressway which will pass through the districts of Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun. The expressway will connect the Bundelkhand area to the national capital Delhi through Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Yamuna Expressway as well as play a vital role in the development of Bundelkhand region.
The expressway in the length of 296 km is expected to benefit Chitrakoot, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jaloun, Oraiyah and Etawah districts.
The expressway will be supplementing the nodes of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor announced by the government of India in February 2018.
The country has huge defence equipment requirements spanning from land systems, ships and submarines to fighter aircraft, helicopters, weapons and sensors. The requirements are worth over USD 250 billion by 2025.
In a move to fulfil the requirement, the government had announced setting up of Defence Industrial Corridor at Uttar Pradesh during the Investors Summit held at Lucknow on 21 February 2018. The Central government has set up the Corridor with identification of six nodes initially, namely Lucknow, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Aligarh, Kanpur, Agra, out of which two nodes are being created in Bundelkhand region at Jhansi and Chitrakoot.