The Ganga Expressway in UP is expected to open to the public earlier than planned

The Government of Uttar Pradesh has asked the developers of the Meerut-Prayagraj Ganga Expressway to complete works on the 595km project by December 2024 so that it can open to the public ahead of the 2025 Prayagraj MahaKumbh Mela. The flagship project, estimated to cost over Rs 36,000 crore to the Treasury, should be completed by the end of 2025.

To fuel the project, the state has allowed the use of fly ash to make up for the lack of soil during construction. This not only reduces the carbon footprint, but also enables environmentally friendly disposal.

The greenfield expressway is expected to enable faster passenger and cargo movements, strengthen industrial corridors, agricultural marketing value chains and tourism routes along its route. UP Industrial Development Minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi has asked officials to increase equipment and manpower.

“The expressway is Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath’s dream project and no carelessness will be tolerated in its construction,” he said during a meeting to review progress.

The minister said the expressway would facilitate travel during the Mahakumbh Mela, which is expected to host nearly 400 million tourists. The state has budgeted 6,800 crore rupees for the mela.

The public-private partnership (PPP) project will cover 12 districts – Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahar, Amroha, Sambhal, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Raebareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj. The gated six-lane (extendable to eight lanes) Ganga Expressway has been divided into four groups of three packets each, for a total of 12 packets.

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