Foundation stone of two bridges to link the Yamuna Expressway to the Project also laid
Chief Minister unveils the logo of the project
The Rs. 15,000 crore Express-way project to be constructed by the state government’s resources : Chief Minister
Agra-Lucknow Express-way would be the longest Express-way in the country
Expressway would considerably reduce the time and distance between union capital New Delhi and state capital Lucknow
Expressway will herald prosperity in the state : Chief Minister
Samajwadi Government’s have always worked for the betterment of the people : Former Union Defence Minister
Project should be completed in fixed timelines so that people are benefited at the earliest : Former Union Defence Minister
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today said that the AgraLucknow Express-way would be a road to prosperity that would link to major cities of the country. Adding how if the development of a place is doubled, its economy paces at a triple faster rate, Mr. Yadav said the Agra-Lucknow Expressway was an important project for the state as this would link districts like Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiyya, Kannauj, Kanpur City, Unnao, Hardoi and Lucknow with fast paced traffic and villages in these districts would be immensely benefited.
The Chief Minister also informed that the state government would fund the Rs. 15,000 crore project with its own resources and added that roads acted as a precursor to development. Mr. Yadav was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony function of the six-lane access controlled AgraLucknow Expressway (Greenfield) project at his official residence today.
Former Union Defence Minister Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav pressed a button and laid the foundation stone of this project, in presence of the Chief Minister. On this occasion, foundation stones of two crucial bridges for this project were also laid through which the Yamuna Expressway would be linked to this project.
The Chief Minister unveiled the logo of the project. The Expressway is being built by Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA). The two bridges linked to the project will be constructed by the State Bridge Corporation. Mr. Yadav while informing that this would be the longest access controlled express-way in the country added that this project would link two major cities of the country and would lessen the distance and travel time between the union capital of New Delhi and the state capital of Lucknow. The Chief Minister further pointed out that the Express-way will pass through very backward areas and after its construction would usher in prosperity akin to areas adjacent to the GT Road and NH 2. He said that with the initiation of construction work of the expressway, the state government has fulfilled one more promise of the election manifesto.
Mr. Akhilesh Yadav also informed that parallel to the express-way many mandis for milk, potato, grains, fruit and vegetables would also be developed so that farmers get best cost for their produce. This express-way, he added, would also turn out to be a boon for small scale industry and handicrafts as small time traders would be able to send their products fast to the markets, as there would be no middlemen. Rapid industrialization would also take place due to the construction of express-way.
Chief Minister also lauded the farmers who have facilitated prompt acquisition of the required land for timely execution of the project and as a result of this most land required for the project has been acquired and the project was hence being kick started today. He also expressed hope that the people who have been assigned the task of constructing the expressway would not only complete it in time but also maintain the highest quality standards.
Speaking at the function, former Union Defence Minister Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav said that this was an ambitious project which will be a turning point for the state’s development. He pointed out that districts like Lucknow, Unnao, Firozabad, Kannauj, Agra and others would be immensely benefitted by this project. Stressing on the need for completion of the project within fixed timelines, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav said early completion of the project will bring early benefits to the people of the state. HE also said that Samajwadi governments have always worked for the benefit and betterment of the people.
Earlier, in his address PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav said people are looking at the Agra-Lucknow Expressway with great hope and hoped that the project would be completed on time and will benefit the people, farmers, poor and artisans. Welcoming the guest, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan said the project would ring in great changes for the state. This would not only help backward areas and the poor but would also fast track economic development in the state, he pointed out.
Chairman Revenue Board Mr. Jawed Usmani and Principal Secretary (Industrial Development) Mr. Sanjeev Saran also addressed the gathering. Proposing the vote of thanks, UPEIDA CEO Mr. Navneet Sehgal informed that with the foundation laying of the project work at five places-Lucknow, Unnao, Firozabad, Kannauj and Agra had begun. He further said that in a short span of six months more than 7,000 acres of and had been acquired and assured that the project would be completed in the next 22 months.
Also present at the function, among others were ministers of the State Government Mr. Ahmad Hasan, Mr. Raja Aridaman Singh, Mr. Paras Nath Yadav, Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Mr. Ambika Chowdhary, Mr. Narad Rai, Mr. Balram Yadav, Mr. Brahma Shanker Tripathi and Mr. Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiyya. Also present were Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission Mr. Naveen Chandra Bajpayi, Principal Secretary (PWD) Mr. KS Atoriya, Director Information and Additional CEO (UPEIDA) Mr. Ashutosh Niranjan and other senior officials.
It may be pointed out here that the Agra-Lucknow Express-way would be the longest such project and the travel time from end to end would be four hours on completion. The length of the express-way is 302 km and width is 110m (6 lanes) which will be expandable to 8 based on requirements in the future. The speed limit of this express-way would be 120 km per hour and it would link Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiyya, Kannauj, Kanpur City, Unnao, Hardoi and Lucknow.
The project is proposed to be developed on EPC model. In this six lane divided carriage way, interchanges for main traffic, tolled expressway, underpasses for cattle and pedestrians, service roads, green belt provisions rest houses, petrol pumps, service centres, eateries on both sides are proposed. Expressway would begin at village Etmadpur Madra and would conclude at village Sarosa-Bharosa at Mohan road in Lucknow. The construction would be carried out in five packages. Of the two bridges for which foundation stones were laid today, one would come up over Yamuna river under the Agra Inner Ring Road Project near village Mahal Badshaah of eight lanes at a cost of Rs 98.32 crore while the other bridge would come up at Delhi-Agra-Kanpur NH2 under Fatehabad to Agra Inner ring road project between Tundla-Yamuna bridge rail section km 1260/8and km 1260/10 near Kuberpur. This over bridge would be eight lane and cost Rs. 146.2 crores.
A documentary on the project was also shown before the foundation stone laying ceremony. The logo of the project has been designed by Mr. Vaibhav Bakshi, teacher at the Design College of Architecture, Lucknow.