In a major show of grandeur, eight fighter jets were expected to land during the inauguration of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which took place today. The first fighter jet touched down on the Expressway around 1pm in the afternoon amid applause.
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.
The extensive 302 km Agra-Lucknow Expressway, built in a record 23 months, has a 3.3km space specifically set aside for fighter jet landings, according to a report published in NDTV.
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, an official involved with the project informed. READ MORE
Out of the eight fighter jets which landed, four of them were Sukhoi jets from Bareilly and four Mirage 2000s came from Gwalior. These jets skimmed the huge highway, which has six-lanes.
What makes it so unique is the fact that this is the first time IAF fighter jets will take part in a road's inauguration, NDTV reports.
A fighter jet had already practised landing on the 3.3 km landing space as part of a decision by the Defence Ministry to use that area for emergencies when military air fields are occupied.
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.