Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 594 km long Ganga Expressway connecting Meerut to Prayagraj traversing through 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Deemed as country's longest expressway, here are some of the facts about the dream project of PM Modi by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).
Expressway with an airstrip
The 594 km long expressway will start from Bijauli village in Meetrut along NH-334 and will continue till Judapur Dandu village near the bypass of NH-2 in Prayagraj thus wandering through almost ten districts of Uttar Pradesh including Hapur, Bulandshahar, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Raebareli and Pratapgarh. Notably, at Shahjahanpur, a 3.5 km long airstrip is proposed for the emergency landing and takeoff for fighter aircraft.
Benefits to the people
The project covers a major part of the western UP region and being projected as the 'milestone' in the infrastructure development of the state as it will provide direct connectivity to the NCR from Eastern UP region. The six lanes expressway (expandable upto eight) will have 120m wide roads with a proposed 3.75 meter service road at one side for the smooth transportation among the nearby villages. The proposed expressway will shorten the travel time between Delhi to Prayagraj to only seven hours, a journey which normally takes more than 11 hrs.
According to the statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, the expressway is being built on PM Modi’s vision to provide fast paced connectivity across the country. The budget for the same is over Rs 36,200 cr.
Further, there will be nine public convenience centres, seven railway overbridges, 14 major and 126 minor bridges as well as 381 underpasses on the expressway.
An industrial corridor is proposed to be built along the Ganga Expressway to give a fillip to multiple sectors including industrial development, trade, agriculture, tourism etc.
The expressway, which was approved on November 26, 2020 will become operational by 2024.
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