Agra-Lucknow Expressway, India’s longest 6-lane Greenfield was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. The young CM drove from Lucknow to Saifai and attended the inaugural ceremony at Bangarmau in Unnao.
The 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 just 5-6 hours. This is almost half the existing travel time and hence, will save the fuel consumption considerably. This will reduce the carbon footprint and pollution in the state, contributing to the bigger picture.
Agra-Lucknow Expressway was constructed in a record time of 22 months. This prestigious world class Rs. 15,000-crore project would become operational for the public in the month of December. A three-km strip has been built on the expressway to be used by Indian Air Force fighter planes for an emergency landing during war time.
The land for this expansive 3,500-hectare project of Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), is spread over 232 villages of 10 districts. The total area being covered is 3500 hectares. 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 boost to industries like agriculture, handicrafts, tourism, and milk production. It will increase the job prospects for the youth immensely. Agra-Lucknow Expressway also has 4 development centres, 1 freight centre, schools, and a proposed ITI.
To create a green belt on both the sides of the expressway, over three lakh plants were being planted. It is equipped with the Advanced Traffic Management System that enables timely dissemination of information and safety of the users of the expressway. 4 rail over bridges, 13 major bridges, 58 minor bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 10 flyovers, and 148 Pedestrian Underpasses have been constructed as part of the expressway along with multiple entry and exit ways.
This initiative by Akhilesh Yadav will promote agriculture, handloom, food processing, cold storages, warehousing, commerce, tourism and industrial development in the Central and Western part of the state. It will boost business facilities between important cities and development of agricultural areas.
Agra-Lucknow Expressway is definitely a path to pave way for development and prosperity of all.