All About Ganga Expressway!
People in Uttar Pradesh (UP) are happy with the government’s decision to reopen the massive Ganga Expressway project. An ex-prime minister initially suggested the idea in 2007, but it has since run into problems with land acquisition and environmental restrictions. When the Allahabad High Court (HC) instructed the state government to employ the Ministry of Environment’s outstanding licences, the project was abruptly put on hold in May 2009.
The project, nevertheless, expedited and will still be carried out in two stages. The first phase’s portion from Meerut to Prayagraj was supposed to be finished in December 2020, however COVID-19 caused a delay.
A road 110 kilometres long and a 314 kilometres long will be built in the second phase between Tigris and the boundary of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In December 2021, the construction’s first brick was laid. By 2024, the route should be finished and become a motorway.
On a plot of land worth Rs 36,000 crore, or around 6,500 hectares, the Ganga Expressway will be constructed. Since the project’s original anticipated cost was Rs. 40,000 crore, the highway’s overall cost has been cut by Rs. 4,000.
The stretch will now be a new six-lane highway with the option of being expanded to eight lanes, rather than the initial four lanes that were planned for it. In Sultanpur district, the route will also function as an emergency airport.
A total of 12 districts, including Meerut, Jyotibha Phule Nagar, Hapur, Budaun, Sambhal, Farrukhabad, Shahjahanpur, Unnao, Hardoi, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, and Prayagraj, will be traversed by the airstrip’s first phase. The government has also suggested 18 viaducts that link to the highway, eight road bridges (RoB), and five significant bridges.
The State Motorway Development Agency has reportedly finished more than half of the work needed to clear the way for and demolish the proposed highway, according to the most recent sources. By the end of 2024, the speed corridor will be completed. The location has already been developed, and vegetation and human involvement have been removed from the graded road.
Additionally, most of the approximately 6,556 hectares of land needed for the Ganga Highway have been acquired. By July 2021, 82% of the firm had been bought. The process began in December 2020.
UPEIDA released the RFQ and RFP for the development of the roadway in four groups of three properties each in March 2021. Adani Enterprises and IRB Infrastructure Developers were the two chosen bidders for the construction of the Ganga Expressway at the November 2021 procurement.
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