LUCKNOW: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav along with his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will inaugurate country’s longest 6-lane Greenfield Agra-Lucknow Expressway at Bangarmau in Unnao district on Monday.
Spelling out the details of the project to the media persons, the state government spokesman said that 302-km six-lane Expressway expandable to 8-lane would start from Agra to reach Lucknow via Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Oraia, Kannauj, Hardoi,Kanpur Nagar and Unnao. It would reduce the travel time between Agra and Lucknow to three and half hours and further between Lucknow and Delhi to 5-6 hours, less than half the time it takes now and would also save the fuel consumption considerably, he added.
Constructed in a record time of 23 months, this prestigious world class Rs 13,200-crore project would become operational for the public in the month of December. According to the state government spokesman , a three-km strip was built on the expressway to be used by Indian Air Force fighter planes for emergency landing during the war time.
The land for this expansive 3,500-hectare project of Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), spread over 232 villages of 10 districts, was acquired amicably by the state government with mutual consent of over 30,000 farmers, said the spokesman.
Apart from extra special farm mandis in Mainpuri and Kannuaj, smart city, logistic park and a film city are also proposed along the Expressway. Moreover, after being operational, this project will give a fillip to industries like agriculture, handicrafts, tourism and milk thereby, increasing the job prospects for the youth immensely.
To create a green belt on both the sides of the expressway, over three lakh plants were being planted, said state government spokesman.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Principal Secretary and UPEIDA CEO Navneet Sehgal, the man behind its timely completion, got critically injured in a head-on-collision on Agra-Lucknow Expressway near Hasanganj of Unnao district on Friday. The IAS officer was returning to the state capital in his official white ambassador after attending the trial of India Air Force fighter jets fly-by low altitude manoeuver on the expressway, when his car met with an accident.