UP Cabinet approves construction of Ganga Expressway to connect Prayagraj with Western UP
The Cabinet also gave its assent for the Bundelkhand Expressway and the development of the Bundelkhand region. The Bundelkhand Expressway will be 296 km long and would cost Rs 8,864 crore. It will pass through 182 villages.
Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet on January 29, 2019 approved the construction of a four-lane Ganga Expressway connecting Prayagraj to Western Utter Pradesh.
Ganga Expressway will provide better connectivity to Prayagraj. Once completed, it would be longest expressway in the world.
UP State Cabinet meeting held at Prayagraj
The decision regarding the same was taken during UP State Cabinet meeting that was held at Prayagraj during the ongoing Kumbh Mela.
For the first time in the history of Kumbh, UP State Cabinet meeting was held at Prayagraj. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired the meeting.
Highlights of Ganga Expressway, the World's longest expressway in UP
• The four-lane expressway will be 600 kilometres long and can be expanded to six-lane in future.
• The construction of Ganga Expressway from Meerut to Prayagraj would cost around Rs 36,000 crore.
• It will require 6,556 hectares of land and it will be access-controlled.
• It will touch Amroha, Bulandshahr, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Unnao, Rae Bareli, and Pratapgarh before reaching Prayagraj.
• It will provide better connectivity from Western districts to Prayagraj.
The State Cabinet also approved the proposal of Gorakhpur Link Road Project to connect Azamgarh and Ambedkarnagar with Lucknow-Ghazipur Purvanchal Expressway.
For the said project, Rs 5555 crore rupees will be invested.
Other major cabinet decisions
• Uttar Pradesh Cabinet also decided to exempt the film “Uri: The Surgical Strike" from State GST as film is based on patriotism and sacrifice of soldiers.
• It decided to install a statue of Lord Ram and Nishad Raj Milan at Shringaverpur in Prayagraj besides constructing a park and beautifying the area.
• The construction of Ashram of Maharshi Valmiki at Chitrakoot was also approved.
• The cabinet also decided to beautify Bharadwaj Muni ashram in Prayagraj.
• The cabinet gave nod for providing houses under the Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna to 3,791 homeless people suffering from leprosy.
• Cabinet gave its nod to AIIMS-like facilities for doctors and employees of state-run Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow.