Yamuna Expressway

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Yamuna Express highway
यमुना द्रुतगामी महामार्ग/तीव्रगामी महामार्ग
Route information
Length: 165.00 km (102.53 mi)
Existed: 9 August 2012 – present
Major junctions
From: Greater Noida
To: Agra
Location
States: Uttar Pradesh
Highway system

Yamuna Expressway (Hindi: यमुना द्रुतगामीमार्ग) is a 6-lane (extendable to 8 lanes), 165 km long, controlled-access expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is India's longest six-lane controlled-access expressway stretch. The total project cost was INR128.39 billion (US$2.1 billion).[1]

The expressway project concept was proposed by former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati, its construction began in December 2007, completed about two years ahead of its original target completion date,[2] and inaugurated on 9 August 2012 by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.[3]

The expressway starts from Greater Noida and ends at Kuberpur on NH 2 towards Kanpur and Agra. In addition, a total of 13 service roads of about 168 km have been built for local commuters to access the expressway.[4]

History[edit]

Yamuna Expressway connects Delhi and Agra. The tollway opened in 2012.

The Taj Expressway project was announced in 2001 by Rajnath Singh, then UP Chief Minister. It was conceived with the idea of reducing the travel time between Delhi and Agra. But the project could not start because of a change of government in the state in 2003. The project was reactivated in 2007 when Mayawati regained power and was renamed Yamuna Expressway.[5]

Yamuna Expressway Project was implemented by Jaypee Group.[6] In May 2012, Jaypee Group informed state government officials that construction of the expressway had been completed.[7] The Yamuna Expressway was formally inaugurated on 9 August 2012 by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, via videoconference from Lucknow,[3] about two years behind of its original target completion date.[8]

Features[edit]

Some data about the Yamuna Expressway:[9][10]

  • Length - 165 km
  • Right of Way - 100 mt.
  • Number of Lane - 6 lanes (extendable to 8 lanes)
  • Type of Pavement - Rigid (Concrete)
  • Interchange - 7
  • Main Toll Plaza - 5
  • Toll Plaza on Interchange Loop - 7
  • Underpass - 35
  • Rail Over Bridge - 1
  • Major Bridge - 1
  • Minor Bridge - 42
  • Cart Track Crossing - 68
  • Culverts -
  • Vehicular Underpasses - 70

The Yamuna Expressway has SOS booths along the route besides a toll free helpline. CCTV cameras are installed every 5 km along the expressway for safety and accident assistance; mobile radars to monitor compliance with minimum and maximum speed limits; and one highway patrol every 25 km. The Expressway is expected to be used by over 100,000 vehicles every day, and reduce travel times between Greater Noida and Agra from 4 hours to 100 minutes.[11] Petrol pump at the halfway point at Tappal is open. Tappal 60 km. from noida sec. 37 i.e. botanical garden or noida city center.

Development[edit]

Yamuna Expressway within the state of Uttar Pradesh
A toll plaza on Yamuna Expressway

The Expressway was developed in three phases:

  • Phase I: Expressway Stretch between Greater Noida & proposed Taj International Aviation Hub (near village Jewar on the southern tip of Dist. Gautam Budh Nagar).
  • Phase II: Expressway Stretch between proposed Taj International Aviation Hub and an intermediate destination between proposed Taj International Aviation Hub & Agra.
  • Phase IV: Expressway Stretch between intermediate destination & Agra.

Speed Limit

The speed limit on the expressway is 100 km/h for vehicles. The right most lane on the expressway is reserved for overtaking only.[12]

Upcoming Residential Project Yamuna Expressway has become most preferred for Builders and developers. Many reputed builders are bringing residential project at Yamuna Expressway.[13]

Toll rates[edit]

Toll will be charged at three points - at 38 km, 95 km and 150 km from Greater Noida. Cars and jeeps will be charged Rs 2.10/km and mini-buses Rs 3.23/km as toll. Buses and Trucks will pay Rs. 6.60/km. Charges for heavy vehicles will be Rs. 10.10/km. A summary table of toll rates is as below:[14]

Vehicle Category Till Aligarh Till Mathura Till Agra For Round Trip
Two wheeler 50 100 150 280
Car/Jeep/Van 100 220 320 510
LCV/Mini-Bus 150 350 500 800
Bus/Truck 300 700 1050 1680
Multi-axle Vehicle 350 1050 1600 2560
7+ axle Vehicle 600 1400 2100 3360

All figures in Indian Rupees.

  • Round trip charges are 1.6 time of one way toll within 24 hours.round of 5000
  • Special discounts for vehicles using the expressway more than 19 times in a month.

Proposed extension[edit]

A 285-km Agra Lucknow Expressway Project is proposed with estimation budget of Rs.15,000 crore which would extend YEA to lucknow enabling fast transit. Agra-Lucknow Expressway will extend the Yamuna Expressway in Agra on Firozabad road, touch the proposed (under consideration) international airport at Tundla and also connect to the proposed Sanjay Khan project of a theme park of seven cities.

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