Roads connect people and pave a way for development. Hence, Akhilesh Yadav’s dream project of Agra-Lucknow Expressway was well appreciated by all. It has only been a month since this Greenfield expressway was opened for people and it is already writing tales of transforming lives and love.
Let us see a few stories about how this highway changed someone’s life for the better.
Awdhesh Kumar of Reveri Village in Lucknow was worried. He earned a mere one lakh annually and of course was struggling to make ends meet. He had children to educate, a household to run, multiple mouths to feed, and a young daughter to marry. His status would always come in the way of him finding a suitable groom for his daughter. In 2013, when Lucknow Agra Expressway was announced by UPCM Akhilesh Yadav, his life changed. The UP Government compensated the farmers by giving them 5-10 times of the actual market rate for their land.
This amount not only allowed Awdhesh to marry off his daughter in a wealthy family but he also gifted a four-wheeler to her. After that he has enough money left to set up a small business!
Mohd. Anees of Baratikheda Village, Lucknow lived in a kuchha house all his life. After getting a hefty compensation from UPCM Akhilesh Yadav, he built a pucca house for himself and his family. After years of struggling to find a match, Anees’ son got hitched to a girl from an affluent family, who were earlier sceptical about the kuchha house.
Agra-Lucknow Expressway changed life of both theses families.
Sayyad Adil Fatmi of Nasirpur Village received Rs. 16 lakh from Akhilesh Government. Like many other boys who could now start their independent businesses Adil also set up a dhaba. Tabassum’s parents were more than happy to marry her to Adil as now he could support her and plan their prosperous future.
Vipin Kumar, a flour mill owner in Bangarmau was looking for a girl for his postgraduate son for the last 3 years. He is now able to travel further and meet prospective brides’ family for his son. Last year, while on a business trip to Kannauj, he found a perfect match in Neha, a well-educated BTC student.
Akhilesh Yadav-led government paid lucrative compensation to farmers ranging from Rs. 16-52 lakh per bigha for land. The growth in their socio-economic conditions, reflected in improved standard of living and pucca houses, also shows in the form of improved match-making prospects for both boys and girls of the villages surrounding the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.