March, 2019

The journey from Lucknow to Varanasi to come down from 6 to 4 hours

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Here is good news for travellers who love to travel by road. The road journey from Lucknow to Varanasi will now take 4 hours rather than the usual time of 6 hours.

The work of broadening 125 KM National Highway-56 stretch from Lucknow to Sultanpur from four to two lanes has been has successfully completed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). As per the NHAI officials, around 10000 vehicles commute on this route daily. So, the addition of 2 lanes has reduced the travel time to Varanasi from Lucknow from 6 to 4 hours.

Till now, the stretch used to see heavy rush of traffic due to nearby roadside markets and railway crossings. The stretch, thus, remained congested.

Although the approval for NH-56 widening work was granted during UPA regime in 2013, it faced a hurdle of some lan acquisition issues with the defence department. With the new Government coming to power in 2014, the proposal for 4-lane NH-56 was sent again to get Central Government’s approval.

After the nod from Union Cabinet in May 2016, the constructionwork resumed in January 2017. In orders to decongest the traffic, NHAI has constructed one railway over bridge, 0 pedestrian underpasses and a service lane on the widened stretch. The stretch will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh on March 7.