Uttar Pradesh witnessed a historical inauguration ceremony of India’s longest Greenfield six lane Agra Lucknow expressway in Unnao, around 50 km from Lucknow today. The 302km expressway has been competently designed to drastically cut the travel time and connect close to 5 million people across the vast state of Uttar Pradesh.
Six fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) starred in the grand opening. Sukhoi and Mirage 2000s jets performed simulated landings, a first for any road launch in India. The inauguration event saw the top brass of Samajwadi Party along with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Dimple Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan and many other prominent faces graced the occasion.
You should know, the Agra Lucknow expressway has been completed in a record time of 22 months, which is a remarkable achievement for the Akhilesh Yadav government. There are more reasons that make this state-of-the-art expressway; unique, rewarding and special for development of Uttar Pradesh.
Here are 20 facts every Indian citizen should know about the Agra Lucknow Expressway:
- The expressway is 302 km long and connects Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kannauj, Kanpur Nagar, Unnao, Hardoi and Lucknow districts of Uttar Pradesh.
- It is the country’s longest Greenfield Access Controlled Expressway with expected travel time of 3:30 hours between its two extremes.
- Agra Lucknow expressway is a six-lane expressway which is expandable to eight-lanes in future.
- Procurement of approximately 3500 hectares has been done covering around 10 districts and 232 villages.
- The expressway has a provision of rest areas having restaurants, petrol pump, toilets across it.
- The expressway is being provided with state-of-the-art advanced Traffic Management System that enables timely dissemination of information and safety of the users.
- 4 rail over bridges, 13 major bridges, 58 minor bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 10 interchanges/flyovers and 148 pedestrian underpasses have been constructed as part of the expressway.
- The expressway crosses through 4 national highways, 2 state highways and 5 rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna, Isan, Sai and Kalyani.
- The expressway has a section for an airstrip for emergency landings of Indian Airforce aircrafts.
- The expressway starts on the Agra inner ring road near village Madra in Agra and ends on the outskirts of Lucknow.
- A green belt has been developed on the sides of expressway by planting trees on either side.
- Facility of entry and exit at selected points of crossings with major roads.
- The expressway will promote agriculture, commerce, tourism and industrial development in the Central and Western part of the state.
- The expressway will minimize travel time that will save precious fuel and reduce carbon footprint.
- The expressway connects state capital with Agra and further to the national capital and has a design speed of 120 km per hour.
- The expressway will have new Industrial Training Institutes, Educational Institutes, Medical Institutes, New Satellite Cities/Smart Cities, Logistic Parks, Film City that would generate more avenues for employment and development of the state.
- Agra Lucknow expressway will have special establishment of handlooms, food processing units, cold storages, warehousing and milk based industries.
- The expressway has been one of the biggest job creators with thousands of workers employed round-the-clock to complete the project.
- It also sets an example of brilliant land acquisition.
- The expressway will give a major boost to both social and economic development of the state.
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