April 11, 2016
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will lay foundation stone for two major industrial projects, the perfume park and cow milk processing plant on the Agra-Lucknow expressway on April 12.
Perfume Park to come along the expressway
Uttar Pradesh Expressway &Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) Chief Executive Officer Navneet Sehgal said apart from allowing speedy passage to vehicular traffic between Agra and Lucknow, the green field expressway aims at triggering economic activities and access of international market to farmers. Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) has earmarked land for the perfume park and cow milk processing plant.
UPSIDC Managing Director Manoj Kumar Singh said the government has designated Rs 25crore for the perfume park project that would include plantation, manufacturing of perfumes and a museum.
Inauguration by Akhilesh Yadav
“On April 12, the Chief Minister will perform Bhoomi Pujan for the museum part,” said the UPSIDC Chief informing that last year a delegation had visited Grasse, the perfume capital of the world in France where this perfume park was planned. Chief Minister will lay foundation for the cow milk processing plant in Kannauj’s Umardhaha town.
This will be the first of its kind project in Uttar Pradesh which would not only ensure adequate availability of milk and processed products, but also assist in arresting the declining population of cows in the state.
Mandis for farmers & India’s First Road Runway for IAF
Chief Executive Officer of the Agra-Lucknow expressway said it is the beginning of industrial projects on the expressway which is nearing completion and soon mandis will also come up so that farmers have access to Delhi’s national and international markets.
The project holds strategic importance as it touches Agra, an important Air Force Base and also Lucknow that can serve as an alternate to both Lucknow and Gorakhpur airfields. Keeping this in mind, the Indian Air Force has recently proposed to UP government to develop the Agra Lucknow Expressway in a manner wherein parts of it can serve as an alternate landing strip for military aircraft. UPEIDA is set to build a 2km long special stretch on the upcoming Agra-Lucknow expressway for the landing and take-off of Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter and cargo planes in case of an emergency.
The expressway carries 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.
The expressway would help in developing leather industry in Agra, bangle industry in Firozabad and perfume industry in Kannauj. In order to maintain ecological balance, a large number of trees would be planted for retaining the rain water in fields. Suitable techniques of rain harvesting would also be adopted to raise ground water level.