UP plans new e-way to run along Ganga

After presiding over the state cabinet’s first ever meeting at Kumbh, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced an in principle nod to 600-km long Ganga expressway that would connect Meerut in west UP with Allahabad.

Yogi said the expressway would pass through Meerut, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Shahjahanpur, Farukkhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Allahabad. “The access-controlled greenfield project will be a four-lane expressway, expandable to six lanes. Its length will be 600 km for which the government will acquire 6,556 hectares. It will have eight rail overbridges and 18 flyovers and the project cost is pegged at Rs.36,000 crore,” Yogi said. In 2007, then chief minister Mayawati had announced Ganga Exressway from Greater Noida in the west to Ballia in the east. The cost of the 1,000 km project was then estimated at Rs.40,000 crore, and it faced its fiercest opposition from Samajwadi Party, the principal opposition then, which has now joined hands with BSP for coming Lok Sabha elections.

Mayawati lost the polls after the announcement and the project was shelved. CM Yogi said with focus on improving connectivity in the state for development, the cabinet also approved six packages of Bundelkhand Expressway, touted as a project that would bring economic development in the most backward region of UP.

The Bundelkhand Expressway will begin at Jhansi-Mirzapur national highway near Bharatkoop in Chitrakoot and pass through Banda, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Jalaun, Auraiya and Etawah before ending at Agra-Lucknow expressway. The 296 km expressway will cost Rs.14,716 crore while Rs.2,415 crore would go into land acquisition for the project. The cabinet also gave approval for engineering, procurement and construction of two packages of Gorakhpur link expressway project.

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