The Uttar Pradesh government has accelerated preparations for the construction of the 594 km long Meerut-Prayag Rajganga Expressway.
About 6,966 hectares, over 94% of the land has been acquired, while the central government has given environmental clearance for the expressway on July 13. More than 56% of C&G (clearing and grubbing) work has also been completed so far. .
The Ganga Expressway is the Yogi government’s dream project after Bundelkhand Expressway, which has already been opened.
Around 518 villages will be covered by the construction of this expressway. The expressway will connect Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Badawan, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj districts.
It will be the sixth and longest expressway in the state. A 3.5 km long runway is also to be developed at Shahjahanpur for landing/takeoff of Indian Air Force fighter jets in case of emergency.
Additionally, nine public convenience centers, seven railway overbridges, 14 major bridges, 126 minor bridges and 381 underpasses will be constructed for the convenience of the public. Interchange facilities will also be provided at 17 points for entry and exit. A service road will be constructed for the residents of the villages around the project.
The UP Development Authority has been authorized by the government to build dedicated industrial parks on both sides of this expressway (Meerut, Hapur, Bareilly, Moradabad, Hardoi, Lucknow, Kanpur and Prayagraj). The selection of the agency for the development of the industrial parks is still underway. Once constructed, the expressway will save people time, fuel while helping to control environmental pollution.
The expressway will boost agricultural and industrial income and development. It will act as a catalyst for establishment of food processing units, godowns, markets and milk based industries. It will also serve as an industrial conduit that connects various manufacturing units, development centers and agricultural production areas to the national capital.
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