March 14, 2016
Agra-Lucknow expressway considered to be India’s longest expressway and also one of the biggest job creators. According to Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s (UPEIDA) progress report, more than 22,000 people are working round-the-clock to ensure that the project gets completed well before the deadline. UPEIDA CEO Navneet Sehgal submitted the progress report to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after a recent inspection of the site and stated that this infrastructure project is providing maximum employment and triggering widespread economic activities along the expressway passing through 10 districts of the central and western parts of the state.
The 302km long controlled access expressway would cut travel time between Lucknow and Agra from 6 hours to 3:30 hours. It is proposed on minimum distance and minimal agricultural land formula and is financed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The Express-way will carry all public amenities viz. under passes, service roads, provision for green belt, rest houses, petrol pumps, service centres, restaurants and four agricultural mandis for milk, potatoes, grains, fruits and vegetables.
According to the article generated by The Times of India on March 12, 2016, 22,750 persons are working at present along the expressway. The number includes 1,250 engineers, 1,500 nontechnical staff and 22,000 skilled and semi-skilled staff. That means, the total man days created by the project in a month is 6.62 lakh.
UPEIDA is building 10 primary schools and one hospital along the expressway and has announced that it would have airstrips for Army’s fighter aircraft and hangars for their parking. Besides, trauma centres, 13 major bridges over rivers, 54 minor bridges, 8 inter-change, two flyovers, four ROBs, 74 vehicular underpass, 146 pedestrian under pass, 297 box culverts, 303 huge pipe culverts, two toll are also coming up.
“Now the work has also started on its landscaping with trees and fountains to make it best in the country,” Navneet Sehgal added. Reports say that this Greenfield project is going to become the lifeline of the 10 districts and lakhs of people living along it.