Yamuna Expressway : Now Open !

The six-lane, access-controlled Yamuna Expressway was finally thrown open on Thursday via a video link by the chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, at 11am from Lucknow. His uncle and Samajwadi Party MP, Ram Gopal Yadav, waved the green flag at the Greater Noida end. 
 Now, the drive to Agra from New Delhi should not take more than two-and-a-half hours. From Noida and Greater Noida, the time taken to cover the distance would be even less. 
At the inaugural function, Ram Gopal Yadav said that expressways like this opened doors for development and progress. He observed that the reduction in travel time would save many man-hours that can be used productively.
While Ram Gopal Yadav said he believed the speed limit should be at least 120 kmph, Akhilesh, speaking in Lucknow, repeatedly cautioned commuters not to drive over the designated speed limit of 100 kmph. 
Ram Gopal Yadav asked the Jaypee group, which has built and will maintain the 
road, to provide parallel service roads for toll-free access and for facilitating movement by villagers. He also suggested several rectifications. The Authority, after handing over the completion certificate for the project to the developer,has provided a window of 180 days for dealing with the shortcomings. 
The Jaypee group had some more good news for commuters. It announced on the occasion that the Noida-Greater Noida expressway 
will remain a toll-free road. The Noida-Greater Noida expressway, which was earlier part of the concession agreement of the Yamuna Expressway project, has been delinked from it.     The expressway promoter will also develop five integrated townships on 500 hectares each at Noida, Jaganpur, Mirzapur, Tappal near Aligarh and Kuber near Agra along the e-way. Officials said that four hospitals, two in Gautam Budh Nagar and one each in Tappal and Agra, had also been planned. 
This project had witnessed many delays since it was conceived way back in 2001 during the Mayawati regime. It had then been named Taj Expressway. Thereafter, it did not take off because of a change of government in the state in 2003. The project was revived in 2007 and re-named as Yamuna Expressway, with a deadline of 2013. 
The project has consumed Rs. 12,839 crore. The state government had acquired land in 1,182 villages of six districts from Greater Noida to Agra for the purpose. A huge price was paid to facilitate the project - while three farmers and a policeman were killed at Tappal in Aligarh in 2010, two farmers and as many policemen lost their lives at Bhatta-Parsaul in Greater Noida in 2011.

1 comment:

Rahul said...

It is blatantly shameful action of governments in India be it state or center. First they demand tax, most of which is paid by the middle class salaried person, in the name of giving us all the infrastructure and then they give the projects to private companies. Why the hell it is called PPP, when government is not paying anything. and if it is paying then why we have to shell out huge amnts for toll tax. At Ludhiana a bus has to pay Rs 40 every time it leaves the stand, if we take avg 5 buses leaving the stand in one min the amount the company is getting in day is Rs 2.88 lac. that way it will earn more than Rs 10Cr in a year. the fee collection does not come to end in a couple of years but goes on and on. Now this is the way we get Ambanis in our country.