Akhilesh to tweak, revive, Maya’s Ganga Expressway

Now, after initiating Agra-Lucknow Expressway, the Samajwadi Party government has decided to revive the Ganga Expressway.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:October 5, 2014 4:21 am
Currently, the shelved project has a liability of only Rs 32 crore which needs to be returned to Jaypee Group before starting the project afresh. Currently, the shelved project has a liability of only Rs 32 crore which needs to be returned to Jaypee Group before starting the project afresh.

The Akhilesh Yadav government has decided to take up the ambitious project of Mayawati, Ganga Expressway, albeit with some revision.

The 1047-km-long stretch from Ballia to Noida, the Ganga Expressway was conceived during the previous BSP regime with Jaypee Group bagging the contract for the construction work. The project, however, was shelved after Mayawati was voted out of power while Jaypee pulled out of the project withdrawing its bank guarantee.

Now, after initiating Agra-Lucknow Expressway, the Samajwadi Party government has decided to revive the Ganga Expressway. Files pertaining to the project are being updated in Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA). Currently, the shelved project has a liability of only Rs 32 crore which needs to be returned to Jaypee Group before starting the project afresh.

“This amount was provided by the Jaypee Group to respective District Magistrates to be distributed as compensation to farmers. Since land acquisition did not take place, the money is lying idle and has to be returned,” Navneet Sehgal, Chief Executive Officer, UPEIDA, told The Indian Express.

For the project’s revival, a fresh route is being planned. There is, however, no consensus yet on the model that is to be adopted. “It will be decided at a later stage whether the model adopted will be Public Private Partnership or Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC). As of now, we are only reviving the project,” Sehgal confirmed.

Special concern will be taken to obtain all environmental clearance before launching the project as it was the lack of this (environmental clearance) that put the project amid a legal tussle at the Allahabad High Court during Mayawati’s regime in the first place. The project also witnessed farmers’ unrest over land acquisition.

“Double the speed, triple the economy – that is the CM’s slogan. There may be changes, but the project will soon take off,” a senior official informed.

However, state government is hesitant on providing large parcels of land unlike during Mayawati regime. Akhilesh himself on various occasions has stated that he cannot afford “sweeteners” in the project due to which companies are apprehensive of coming to the state.

The project was conceived as an eight-lane controlled expressway, originating at Ballia and passing through Ghazipur, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Raebareli, Unnao, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Farrukhabad, Kanshiram Nagar, Badaun, Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Gautam Budh Nagar. The initial estimated cost was around Rs 30,000 crore with a requirement of 15,120 hectares of land for the expressway and 11,254 hectares for land parcel in 1,949 villages.

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    Shashank
    Jun 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm
    What is the exact route map of this expressway from noida to ballia
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    Sanchayan Sarkar
    Mar 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm
    This will be a landmark road . It's should be named like 'Highway of Civlization'. This will be vital for all the northern states along the river including Bihar and Bengal
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      AJAY SINGH
      Mar 30, 2016 at 9:13 am
      I think that this project will be complete after lko agra expressway
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        AJAY SINGH
        Mar 30, 2016 at 9:15 am
        any body tell me that what is the present route of this project ?????????????
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          nazia1khan@gmail
          Apr 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm
          Pls
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            vikas raghav
            Nov 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm
            This a very good project for peoples
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              ravi yadav
              Mar 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm
              plzzzzz doin this work hrruy and plzzzz start ganga expressway qukliy varna no vot no samajwadi cm
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                Boddhisatva
                Dec 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm
                The Ganga expressway will transform not just the UP but also improve the sagging economies of Bihar and Bengal. This can transform the country and any delay in such important infra projects are not going to solve the problems. India and its polity will tackle the problems of jobs, investment and economy better in the coming decades with such projects completed. This project must be completed even if it requires foreign expertise, money and help. Let the current govt. take initiative and at least initiate it.
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