New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, pressing a button in the presence of UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Also Read - PM Modi Distributes Assistive Aids To Senior Citizens in Prayagraj, Says 'Govt Committed to Work For Everyone'

The 296-km expressway, built at a cost of Rs 14,849 crore, will pass through Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun districts. It will also supplement the nodes of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC), which was announced by the central government in February 2018. Also Read - PM Modi to Lay Foundation of Bundelkhand Expressway, Distribute Assistive Aids in Prayagraj

The Bundelkhand Expressway will link its namesake city to Delhi through Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Yamuna Expressway, which runs between Agra and Greater Noida.

On Friday, the Prime Minister had tweeted: “Next-gen Infrastructure for a better tomorrow! Delighted to be laying the foundation stone for the Bundelkhand Expressway at Chitrakoot. This expressway will be the harbinger of progress for youngsters in the region and will also help the Defence Corridor coming up in the state”.

Addressing a rally on the occasion, PM Modi spoke about how nearly Rs 12,000 crore have been deposited in the accounts of more than two crore farmer families of the state, including in Chitrakoot. “You can imagine, Rs 12,000 crores in just one year, that too directly in the bank accounts, without middlemen and discrimination,” he said.

Earlier in the day, he arrived at Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) and distributed assistive aids and devices to senior citizens and the differently-abled at the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, which was the biggest ever distribution camp conducted in the country in terms of the number of beneficiaries covered, number of appliances distributed and value of aids and appliances distributed.