The Government of Uttar Pradesh is constructing a 600 km long expressway. The expressway runs parallel to the river Ganga. Thus, the expressway is named the Ganga Expressway.
The Ganga Expressway is a full access-controlled Greenbelt expressway. The Ganga Expressway will be constructed under the guidance of the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority(UPEIDA).
After the construction, the Ganga Expressway would be considered as one of the longest expressways in India. The ambitious project was launched by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath on 29 January 2019. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet announced the ambitious project of the Ganga Expressway in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj.
The Ganga Expressway would be a six-lane expressway, which could be expandable to eight-lanes in the future. The Ganga Expressway would connect West-Uttar Pradesh with East-Uttar Pradesh.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has sanctioned an estimated amount of Rupees 37,000 crores for constructing the Ganga Expressway. Out of which nearly Rupees 10,000 crores would be spent on land acquisition, and the remaining Rupees 27,000 crores would be used for the construction of the Ganga Expressway.
The Ganga Expressway would be linked with other expressways in the state to create a network of superhighways. The Government of Uttar Pradesh is planning to connect the capital city Delhi to the Eastern end of Uttar Pradesh by connecting the three superhighways. The name of the three superhighways are Yamuna Expressway, Agra- Lucknow, and the Purvanchal expressway. Upon completion of construction of the three expressways, the state of Uttar Pradesh would nearly 1,900 km of expressways. This progress would definitely provide a boost to industrial and agricultural development in the state.
The construction of the Ganga Expressway would be completed in two Phases. The construction in Phase 1 would focus on a 600 km expressway, which would span through 550 villages that lie between 13 districts. The list of the districts are Meerut, Sambhal, Hapur, Badaun, Amroha, Bulandsehar, Shajahanpur, Hardou, Kannauj, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Pratapgarh, and Prayagraj.
Post the completion of Phase 1, the construction of Phase 2 would commence. The Phase 2 of the Ganga Expressway would consist of two sections. Section 1 would be a 100 km long connection between Tigri to Uttar Pradesh-Uttrakhand border, near Haridwar. The second section would be a 300 km long expressway, which would connect Prayagraj to Ballia via Varanasi. Post the construction of both Phase 1 and Phase 2, the Ganga Expressway would stretch approximately 1022 km across the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Detailed Project Report(DPR) of the Ganga Expressway would be prepared by L N Malaviya Infra Projects Private Ltd, and the report will be submitted to UPEIDA.
The main carriageway of the Ganga Expressway has a right of way (ROW) of 130 meters in width. The Ganga Expressway would also have service roads on both sides. The service roads would be 3.70 meters wide and would facilitate smooth and safe transportation for villagers around the expressway.
Upon construction of the Ganga Expressway, the travel time between Delhi and Prayagraj would be reduced from 10-12 hours to merely 5-6 hours. The Government of Uttar Pradesh would invite international open bids to execute the construction. The construction of the Ganga Expressway would be executed under Private-Public-Partnership(PPP) model.
The Ganga Expressway would be divided into 12 packages for speedy execution. The expressway would consist of 292 underpasses, ten flyovers, 19 interchanges, eight roads over bridges(RoBs), and 137 bridges. The Ganga Expressway would be installed with the latest technologies such as wide depresses median, raised profile edge lines, and an Advanced traffic management system, amenities for public convenience. The Government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to construct air-strip on the Ganga Expressway near the Shahjahanpur district for emergency landing of defense aircraft during war or emergency and also to facilitate air transportation during floods and earthquakes.
The construction of Phase 1 of the Ganga Expressway is expected to complete by 2023. The construction of the Ganga Expressway is said to begin in January 2021. The Government of Uttar Pradesh has set the deadline for completion of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Ganga Expressway by the year 2025.Embed from Getty Images
Upon completion, the total length of the Ganga Expresswaywould be approximately 1,200 km, making it India’s longest expressway. The Ganga Expressway would take the title for being the longest expressway from Mumbai- Nagpur expressway, which is currently the longest expressway in the country. The total length of the Mumbai- Nagpur expressway is nearly 700 km.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh is planning to connect all the major tourist and religious centers using high-speed corridors to improve tourism and pilgrimage in the state.