Ganga Expressway

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Ganga Expressway
Route information
Length1,020 km (630 mi)
Major junctions
West endMeerut
East endPrayagraj
Location
StatesUttar Pradesh
Major citiesAmroha, Bulandshahr, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Unnao, Raebareli, Pratapgarh
Highway system

The Ganga Expressway project was freshly launched on 29 January 2019 by Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet met at Prayagraj, the venue of the Kumbh and cleared the decks to construct the Ganga Expressway between Meerut and Prayagraj.[1]

At the meeting, held outside the state capital for only the second time in history, and chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, it was decided that the 596-km Expressway will be built in Phase-1. The proposed Phase-1 of Ganga Expressway will weave through Meerut-Amroha-Bulandshahr-Budaun-Shahjahanpur-Kannauj-Unnao-Rae Bareli-Pratapgarh and end at Malawan Khurd village on Jhusi Sahson road in Prayagraj District. Phase-2 will consist of two sections, one 110 km long section connecting Tigri (near Garhmukteshwar) to Uttar Pradesh Uttrakhand Border near Haridwar and second 314 km connecting Prayagraj to Ballia. Total length of both the phases will come to 1020 km.[2]

History[edit]

The Ganga Expressway project was firstly launched in 2007 by then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. The project aims to construct a 1047 km access controlled eight-lane expressway running along the Ganga (Ganges) River. This expressway will connect Greater Noida to Ballia thus ensuring high speed connectivity between the Eastern and Western boundaries of Uttar Pradesh.[3] The proposed expressway from Ballia to Greater Noida is also planned to provide a flood control embankment — floods being a major cause of agricultural and environmental damage, diseases and deaths during India's monsoon season. The expressway will connect major cities in the state of Uttar Pradesh, passing through Varanasi, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Kanpur, Kannauj, Farrukhabad, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Bulandshahr. Construction work on Ganga Expressway was then not started because of an order from the Allahabad High Court. The order instructed that the state and the concessionaire complete a full environmental study and obtain permission from the central government before embarking on the construction.

The project was revived again with different alignment and total length in January 2019 by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The project comprises 596 km of Phase-1 from Meerut to Malawan Khurd village on Jhusi Sahson road in Prayagraj District, Phase-2 will consist of two sections, one 110 km long section connecting Tigri (near Garhmukteshwar) to Uttar Pradesh Uttrakhand Border near Haridwar and second 314 km connecting Prayagraj to Ballia. Total length of both the phase will come to 1020 km.

Status updates[edit]

  • Jan 2019: Stalled planned project Ganga Expressway, revived again.
  • Feb 2019: Expressway to be built parallel to Ganga river course but at a distance of 10 km so as to ensure easier compliance with environment laws.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UP to build world's longest Expressway: Yogi Adityanath". The Economic Times. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/railways/ganga-expressway-indias-longest-expressway-on-fast-track-what-yogi-adityanath-government-is-doing-details/1497643/
  3. ^ "18 companies bid for Ganga Expressway". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Yogi led UP govt to build Ganga expressway".