New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh is about to get another expressway. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has appointed a consultant to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the 500 km long Gorakhpur-Shamli Expressway.
Only after the DPR is finalized will the final router of the proposed expressway be known. According to reports, it will pass through 20 districts of Uttar Pradesh including Sant Kabirnagar, Basti and Siddharth Nagar.
This will be the third expressway starting from Gorakhpur. At present Link Expressway is being constructed to connect Purvanchal Expressway in the area. 40 per cent work of this link road has been completed. DPR is being prepared for 519 km long road connecting Gorakhpur with Siliguri in West Bengal.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently described how the number of expressways in Uttar Pradesh has increased remarkably in the last few years. He was speaking at a function in Shahjahanpur, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Ganga Expressway.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that from 1947 to 2017 only one expressway was built in the state, but since then six expressways have been built. The 594 km long Ganga Expressway is expected to be the longest expressway in Uttar Pradesh. It is being built at a cost of Rs 36,200 crore.
Starting from Bijauli village of Meerut, Ganga Expressway will pass through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli and Pratapgarh and reach near Judapur Dandu village of Prayagraj.
The expressway will have a 3.5 km long runway to assist in emergency take-off and landing of Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft at Shahjahanpur.
The Ganga Expressway is ready to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Prayagraj to just 7 hours. It was approved on November 26, 2020 and will be ready for travel by 2024.
first published:Jan. 4, 2022, 10:55 a.m.