For the first time ever, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet held a meeting at Prayagraj Kumbh today and decided, among other things, to construct a 600 km-long Ganga Expressway from Meerut to Prayagraj at a cost of Rs. 36,000 crore.
The project is expected to provide better connectivity from the Western UP districts to Prayagraj, a press release said.
Before chairing the meeting, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered worship at the Hanuman Temple at Sangam and visited Akshaya Vat.
Most of the Cabinet Ministers, including Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, attended the meeting.
After the meeting, the Chief Minister took a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, along with his cabinet colleagues and visited his Nath sect to meet saints and seers.
Talking to media persons, Adityanath extended his government's gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Government for extending great cooperation in organising Divya and Bhavya Kumbh at Prayagraj.
The undisrupted flow of clean water in river Ganga was the result of the attempt made by the Prime Minister, he said. In 2013, then Mauritius Prime Minister had visited the Prayagraj Kumbh but he did not take a holy dip due to pollution in the river.
This year, not only did the Mauritius Prime Minister take a holy dip, but more than 3000 Pravasi Bharatitas also took the dip. It has happened only due to the cleaning of the river Ganga, he said.
He said the Cabinet also approved a proposal for the Gorakhpur link road project connecting Azamgarh and Ambedkarnagar with Purvanchal Expressway. An amount of Rs 5,555 crore will be spent on this project.
The Cabinet also decided to exempt the film Uri from State GST as it promoted patriotism by highlighting the sacrifice of soldiers.
The Cabinet also decided to set up a statue of Nishadraj at Sringverpur at Prayagraj and develop the Ashram of Maharshi Valmiki at Chitrakoot, the release added.
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