December 20, 2021 - 6:10 am

UP's Longest Expressway 

    After inaugurating the Purvanchal Expressway and laying the foundation stone of Jewar airport, PM Modi rolled out the construction of ambitious Ganga Expressway project from Shahjahanpur on Saturday. The state government had approved the Ganga Expressway project on November 26, last year at a cost of ₹36,232 crores and is expected to be completed by 2024. It will be the longest expressway in the state.

    The 594-km expressway will start from Bijauli village along NH-334 in Meerut and end at Judapur Dandu village near bypass NH-2 in Prayagraj. The Expressway will traverse through 10 districts including Hapur, Bulandshahar, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Raebareli and Pratapgarh. A 3.5 km long airstrip is proposed to be built at Shajahpur for emergency landing and takeoff of fighter aircrafts The six-lane expressway, expandable up to 8 lanes will have 120 meters wide right-of-way, the total land area acquired for the construction of the roadway. Nine public convenience Centres 7 railway overbridge, 14 major bridges, 126 minor bridges and 381 underpasses will be built. Interchange facilities will be provided at 17 places for entry & exit on the expressway and a service road will be built for the residents of the villages around the project. The project covers a major part of the west UP region which had been hit by the farmers' unrest against the three farm laws. The Expressway will provide a direct road connectivity to the National Capital Region from the east UP region, travel time between Delhi and prayagraj to get reduced to 7 hours.

    The Expressway will also give a fillip to multiple sectors including industrial Development, trade, agriculture, tourism etc. It will provide a big boost to the socio-economic development of the region. In UP, expressway projects are so closely intertwined with politics that they have remained the headline achievement for three successive regimes. In a major boost towards the socio-economic development of the region, the Ganga Expressway is set to add development narrative ahead of the crucial UP assembly election next year.