In a first of its kind cabinet meeting at Kumbh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced 600 km long “Ganga expressway” starting from Meerut district to Prayagraj, covering districts like Amroha, Bulandshahr, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Farukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Unnao, Rae Bareli and Pratapgarh. Claiming it to be “world’s biggest”, the new expressway would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 36,000 crore and land requirement of about 6500 hectares. The UP CM said that it would be the biggest such expressway and be four land access control, which can be expanded further to six lanes.
Adityanath claimed that their “Ganga Expressway” is a greenfield project and the idea is to connect Western Uttar Pradesh to Prayagraj for which the cabinet has given in-principal approval today. This would be fifth such expressway project in Uttar Pradesh in the recent past, after Yamuna Expressway, Lucknow-Agra Expressway, the under-construction Purvanchal Expressway and newly announced Bundelkhand Expressway, the land acquisition for which has also started. In the past, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had also announced an expressway connecting west UP to eastern UP with the same name “Ganga Expressway” but it could not be pursued following environmental issues because majority of its alignment was along river Ganga.
The Uttar Pradesh cabinet also cleared 91 km long Gorakhpur link expressway, which would connect to Purvanchal Expressway, covering Azamgarh and Ambedkarnagar at a cost of approximately Rs 5500 crore.
Adityanath also announced the construction of a Ram statue along with Nishadraj in Singhverpur, as well as the construction of a Valmiki statue at his ashram. He also stated that a research centre will be built along with the beautification of Bhardawaj Rishi ashram.