With Rs 1,600 crore, Uttar Pradesh pushes expressways.

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Lucknow: The state government has given infrastructure development a boost by allocating nearly Rs 1,600 crore for expressways in the second supplementary budget in the financial year tabled in the assembly on Tuesday.

The second supplementary budget of Rs 4,210.85 crore was tabled by finance minister Suresh Khanna.

Of the total supplementary budget, the state government has sanctioned Rs 500 crore for Poorvanchal Expressway, Rs 200 crore for Bundelkhand Expressway and Rs 960.94 crore for loan repayment of Poorvanchal Expressway, thus earmarking more than 25 per cent of the budget for expressways.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced that the Poorvanchal Expressway would be completed by next year and the work on the Bundelkhand Expressway would start soon. The sanction of fresh budgets would speed up the expressway projects being executed by UPIEDA.

The state government has earmarked Rs 1,106 crore for power sector which is bringing in a number of reforms and Rs 200 crore for forest department which recently undertook a largescale forestation drive in the state by planting over 22 crore saplings and creating a world record.Concerned over the rising pollution in the state and to combat this, the governmenthas sanctioned Rs 25 crore for measures to check stubble burning in the state.

Concerned over the rising pollution in the state and to combat this, the government has sanctioned Rs 25 crore for measures to check stubble burning in the state.

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