Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of the longest expressway of Uttar Pradesh Ganga Expressway in Shahjahanpur district. The inspiration behind the Expressway is the vision of the Prime Minister to provide fast-paced connectivity across the country.


 


The 594 Km long six-lane Expressway will be built at a cost of over Rs 36,200 crore. Starting near the Bijauli village in Meerut, the Expressway will extend till near the Judapur Dandu village in Prayagraj.

It will pass through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj districts. Upon completion of work, it will become the longest expressway of Uttar Pradesh, connecting the western and eastern regions of the state.

A 3.5 Km long airstrip for assisting emergency take-off and landing of Air Force planes will also be constructed on the Expressway in Shahjahanpur.

An industrial corridor is also proposed to be built along the Expressway. The Expressway will also give a fillip to multiple sectors including industrial development, trade, agriculture and tourism. It will provide a big boost to the socio-economic development of the region.

AIR correspondent reports,Seven Railway overbridge, 14 big bridges, 126 small bridges, 375 underpasses, 9 public utilities centres, 2 toll plaza and 15 Ramp Toll plaza are proposed on the expressway. The interchange facility will be available on 17 places on the expressway. More than 18.5 lakh saplings will be planted on the both sides of expressway to give it a more greener look.

The expressway will help in better transportation of agriculture and dairy farm products. It will give impetus to the growth of Ruhelkhanda region in general and particularly Shahjahanpur district which is otherwise less developed but has one of the largest foodgrain mandi of state and its Powayan tehsil is the most productive sub-division of the state.

State government is working on this ambitious project in a swift manner. 94 percent of the land required for the expressway has been acquired by the state government and despite of the covid pandemic 90 percent of the land purchase completed in the record four months period.