Agra Lucknow Expressway

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Agra - Lucknow Expressway
Agra Lucknow Expressway in red
Route information
Length302 km (188 mi)
Existed2 April 2017[1]–present
Major junctions
Highway system
Agra Lucknow Expressway

The Agra Lucknow Expressway is a 302 km tolled controlled-access highway or expressway, constructed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority[2] to reduce traffic in already congested roads and to reduce pollution and carbon footprint. It is the longest expressway in India.[3] The expressway reduced the distance between the cities of Agra and Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a 6-lane expressway which is expandable to 8-lanes in future. It was completed and inaugurated on 21 November 2016 by the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav. It is widely seen as his dream project and the flagship model of development in the state, being the first of its kind to be completed in the shortest span of time.[4][5]


The cost of project was expected to be 15,000 crore (equivalent to 150 billion or US$2.1 billion in 2017)[6] but was completed in 13,200 crore (equivalent to 140 billion or US$1.9 billion in 2017) and in record time of 22 months.[3] It would cut travel time between Lucknow and Agra from 6 hours to 3:30 hours. The expressway is 6-lane wide (expandable to 8-lane in future) although the structures (major, minor bridges and underpasses) on the expressway are already being constructed as 8-laned to be in tune with the expanded width of the expressway in future.[7] It is proposed on minimum distance and minimal agricultural land formula and will be financed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.[8] The Expressway will carry all public amenities viz. underpasses, service roads, provision for green belt, rest houses, petrol pumps, service centres, restaurants and four agricultural mandis for milk, potatoes, grains, fruits and vegetables.

Route - Interchanges (exits)[edit]

S.No Station Inter Station distance in Kilometres Chainage in Kilometres From Agra
1 Agra 0.000 0.000
2 Firozabad 24 24
3 shikohabad 45 70
4 Etawah 17 87
5 Kannauj 80 165
6 Unnao 85 260
7 Lucknow 40 302
  • Total Route Length: 302 km

This expressway is connected to Yamuna Expressway through the Agra Ring Road, and thus providing an express link between Greater Noida, NCR to Lucknow via Agra. It connects Agra and Lucknow via Shikohabad, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur, kannauj, Unnao and Lucknow. The expressway will start at village Etmadpur Madra near Agra and will end at village Sarosa Bharosa near Mohan Road, Lucknow.[9]

Route - Rest Areas & Refreshments[edit]

These are given below in direction of travel, as notably different from non-expressway custom, services on one side of road are only meant for travelers for that side of direction of travel, so only services created on left of the road are available to you but not the same available while travelling in other direction, usually a similar set of service is created on other side of road at same spot or within few km. of other side facility.

Eastbound (Agra to Lucknow)

There are two rest areas while going east:

1) About 100 km from Agra Toll Entrance

2) About 220 km from Agra Toll Entrance (120 km after first)

Westbound (Lucknow to Agra)

These rest areas are available while going west:

1) About 200 km from Lucknow toll entrance.

Toll rates[edit]

The toll rates applicable for the Agra Lucknow Expressway (as of January 2018) is given in the table below:

Vehicle Type Rate

(in ₹)

Car, jeep, van or light motor vehicles 585
Light commercial vehicle or mini bus 905
Bus and truck 1815
Heavy construction work machine and multi-axle vehicle (3 to 6) 2,785
Over-sized vehicle (7 and above axles) 3,575
Motorcycles (2-wheeler) 285


The objectives of the expressway are as follows:

  • To provide a fast moving corridor to minimize the travel time.
  • To connect the main townships / commercial centres on the northern side of Yamuna.
  • To ensure the development of adjoining area like Mainpuri. Once Mainpuri is connected to Lucknow, Mainpuri will become a new Business Zone opening up opportunities for development.
  • To relieve NH-91 which is already congested and runs through the heart of cities like Aligarh, Etah and Unnao.
  • Reduce pollution and carbon footprint of vehicles travelling between Lucknow and Agra (commercial as well as tourists visiting the Taj Mahal).
  • Improve vehicle fuel mileage efficiency, reduce wear and tear on vehicles, and reduce logistical costs.
  • Enable farmers in western Uttar Pradesh to move agricultural, horticultural and milk products rapidly to major cities.
  • Accelerate movement of supplies and help to affected areas during Yamuna floods and other emergencies.
  • To infuse a new impetus to the development of the state by attracting investors in a big way.

Project timeline[edit]

As of early March 2017, one side of the rail over bridge at Bhadan is still under construction
  • November 2013: No developers bid for this 9000 crore rupees project on a "build, own, operate and transfer" basis.[10] Exclusion of provision for free land parcels across the expressway to developer was the main concern among participating developer companies for keeping them away from project.
  • June 2014: Government of Uttar Pradesh decided to execute this project through state government financing, rather than private vendor financed basis, without provision for free land parcels across the expressway to developer companies.[8] Government of Uttar Pradesh invited bids in 5 packages to 6 lane Agra Lucknow Expressway. Following this, 24 companies submitted their applications for five different patches of the expressway.
  • August 2014: Through bidding process developers are finalised who will be executing each of five sections simultaneously. The sections, its length and the developer who will be developing that section are listed following : Agra-Firozabad (55.3 km, Tata Projects Limited), Firozabad-Etawah (62 km,Afcons Infrastructure Limited), Etawah-Kannauj (57 km, Nagarjuna Construction Company), Kanauj-Unnao (64 km, Afcons Infrastructure Limited), Unnao-Lucknow (63 km, Larsen & Toubro)[11]
  • September 2014: 50% of the land required for the project is already acquired.[12]
  • November 2014: "Foundation stone laid". 7000 acres acquired for this 15,000 Crores project. The target for the completion of the project is set to 22 months.[13]
  • May 2015: Work on two major bridges on Yamuna and Ganga river started.[14] UP Chief Secretary, Alok Ranjan said that the expressway would be operational by the end of October 2016.[15]
  • Nov 2016: The expressway was inaugurated on 21 November by CM Akhilesh Yadav.[16]
  • December 2016: The expressway was partially opened to public from Lucknow till Shikohabad. As of 23 December 2016, only light vehicles were allowed to pass the stretch.[17]
  • Feb 2017: The expressway is opened to public from Lucknow till Agra on 23-Feb-2017, but still road construction is happening at some places.
  • 19 January 2018: Toll collection starts.[18]

Greenfield Project[edit]

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway is considered to be a Greenfield project as there were no work constraints of existing buildings or infrastructure. Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) purchased almost 3127 hectares of land without a murmur of dissent and decided to pay four times the circle rates (CR) to the land owners in rural areas and twice the CR in urban parts, as purchase cost. The rest of land was acquired through land acquisition method[19]

Emergency landing strip[edit]

Bangarmau Emergency Airstrip 26°55′10″N 80°15′11″E / 26.919334°N 80.253053°E / 26.919334; 80.253053


It was alleged that some of the 3,500 hectare of land that was purchased for the route were artificially inflated in price by officials who then received kickbacks from the landowners. Lands that were in fact farmland were listed as residential, which gave them a higher value.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bhat, Aditya (14 November 2016). "Agra-Lucknow expressway inauguration to see touchdown of 8 IAF combat jets". International Business Times. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Agra to Lucknow Access Controlled Expressway (Green Field) Project". UPEIDA. Archived from the original on 12 July 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Chauhan, Arvind (13 November 2016). "8 IAF fighter jets to touch down Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Nov 21". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Eight fighter jets to land on Agra-Lucknow expressway". Business Insider. Times News Network. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ Som, Vishnu (21 November 2016). "6 Jets Touch Down For Opening Of Agra-Lucknow Expressway, India's Longest". NDTV. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  6. ^ Rawat, Virendra Singh (20 May 2015). "Agra-Lucknow Expressway to be operational by Oct 2016". Business Standard. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Lucknow-Agra e-way structures to be expanded up to eight lanes". The Times of India. Times News Network. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b Singh, Priyanka (25 June 2014). "UP government plans to develop industrial zones at 43 stations of eastern dedicated freight corridor". The Times of India. Times News Network. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Govt to rope in Spanish co for Lko-Agra expressway". The Times of India. Times News Network. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  10. ^ "No bidders for Akhilesh 's Lucknow-Agra expressway project". Hindustan Times. 13 November 2013. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  11. ^ Khan, Atiq (14 August 2014). "Decks cleared for Agra-Lucknow expressway". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  12. ^ Seth, Maulshree (12 September 2014). "Govt reduces Lucknow-Agra Expressway deadline by 6 months". The Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Agra-Lucknow expressway's foundation laid, to be done in 22 months". Business Standard. Indo-Asian News Service. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  14. ^ Mishra, Subhash (21 May 2015). "Independent body to monitor UP projects". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  15. ^ Rawat, Virendra Singh (20 May 2015). "Agra-Lucknow Expressway to be operational by Oct 2016". Business Standard. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  16. ^ Som, Vishnu (21 November 2016). "6 Jets Touch Down For Opening Of Agra-Lucknow Expressway, India's Longest". NDTV. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016.
  17. ^ "AGRA-LUCKNOW EXPRESSWAY THROWN OPEN TOR PUBLIC". The Pioneer. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  18. ^ "UP Government Fixes Toll Rates For Agra-Lucknow Expressway". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  19. ^ Mathur, Swati (28 May 2015). "Land acquisition: Modi to learn a lesson from Akhilesh". The Times of India. Times News Network. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Agra-Lucknow Expressway: India's longest greenfield expressway reduces travel time between Delhi-Lucknow to 6 hours; 10 facts to know". Financial Express. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Eight fighter jets to land on Agra-Lucknow expressway". Business Insider. Times News Network. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  22. ^ Chauhan, Arvind (22 May 2015). "IAF successfully test-lands Mirage on Yamuna e-way". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Lucknow-Agra Expressway project under Yogi Adityanath govt's scanner". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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