Ganga Expressway Gets Rs 2,000-Cr Booster Dose
In a major bid to boost connectivity between western and eastern Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led state government has set aside Rs 2,000 crore for the Ganga Expressway in the Budget for 2020-21. The 600-km expressway will connect Prayagraj with western districts of the state. The cities that the expressway will connect include Meerut, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Unnao, Rae Bareli and Pratapgarh.
The project will be constructed at a cost of Rs 36,000 crore and would require 6,556 hectares of land. According to Adityanath, this will be the longest expressway in the world once constructed. The project will be built as a four-lane which could be later expanded to six lanes. Moreover, this expressway would serve as an emergency airstrip, too.
The corridor will also intersect with the Agra Lucknow Expressway, the longest in the country, at Kannauj and Unnao. This will enhance the connectivity between rural and urban areas of the state.
The CM further announced that the construction on the Bundelkhand Expressway will start soon. The expressway would connect Auraiya to Chitrakoot via Orai and would join Agra Lucknow Expressway near Etawah. While the land acquisition has started for the construction and is expected to finish by Feb-end, the lack of fund might hamper the development. So far, UP government has released Rs 640 crore for acquiring land and has requested the central government for the funding.
Apart from this, the Purvanchal Expressway, that will connect Lucknow with Ghazipur via Azamgarh is already under construction. The total cost of constructing this corridor is Rs 23,000 crore and is expected to get operational by 2021. This road will also pass through some of the most backward districts of the state, creating connectivity with the state capital.