The construction work on the Ranchi-Varanasi Economic Corridor has officially begun. This highway, stretching from Ranchi to Varanasi, involves a substantial investment of nearly seven thousand crore rupees in civil works and compensation. Originally existing since a land survey in 1914, NH-75 is now set to transform into the Ranchi-Varanasi Economic Corridor, promising relief to thousands of travellers.
The construction of the Ranchi-Varanasi Economic Corridor marks a significant milestone for the region. With approximately seven thousand crore rupees allocated for civil work and compensation, this corridor aims to cut down the travel time between Ranchi and Varanasi from a grueling 10 hours to a manageable six hours. Covering a distance of 260 kilometers, the journey will span from Lohardaga’s Kuru through Gadhwa Bypass, Khajuri, and further into Uttar Pradesh’s Vindhyachal region before reaching Varanasi.
The transformation of NH-75 into the Ranchi-Varanasi Economic Corridor will provide much-needed relief to the countless travelers who use this route. However, during the widening of the road, several decades-old trees and buildings will be removed. While the exact count of the felled trees is yet to be determined, estimates suggest it could surpass a thousand.
Many of these trees, including mahua, mango, saagwan, and sheesham, have graced the NH-75’s surroundings for years. The construction of the bypass in Gadhwa alone covers a total distance of 42 kilometers, including the Sri Bansidhar Nagar Bypass. As part of the road widening process, trees on both sides will be cut down, including some that have stood for more than a century.
The initiation of the Ranchi-Varanasi Economic Corridor construction is a momentous event that promises to enhance connectivity and reduce travel times. However, it also comes with the responsibility of preserving the environment and mitigating the loss of these valuable trees, which have been an integral part of this region’s landscape for generations.