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Yamuna e-way to open only after all facilities in place: CM

The 165km-long Yamuna Expressway will be inaugurated only after the developer ensures toll gates,street-lights across the carriageway,a greenbelt along the expressway and a final decision is taken on the maximum speed limit ,said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 28, 2012 3:32:35 am

The 165km-long Yamuna Expressway will be inaugurated only after the developer ensures toll gates,street-lights across the carriageway,a greenbelt along the expressway and a final decision is taken on the maximum speed limit ,said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday.

The CM was at a review meeting of about 80 ongoing and newly proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the state on Friday.

The Yamuna Expressway project connecting Greater NOIDA with Agra in just 100 minutes was the dream project of the Mayawati government — conceived during her regime in 2003 and later taken up in 2007 after the BSP won again.

The initial deadline for the project was 2013,which was changed several times,and could not be inaugurated by the Mayawati government before the recent Assembly elections.

While the carriageway of the project has been completed,sources said the UP government has now told the developer — Jaypee Group — that the project will be considered complete only when the facilities to be provided along the expressway like street-lights,green belt,toll gates and also some of the food joints and public toilets is made available along the expressway.

“The CM has made it clear that the project would be considered for inauguration only after all these facilities are ensured by the developer,” informed a senior government officer. No deadline has been set for the completion of these facilities and only instructions have been given to complete them as soon as possible.

Sources said Akhilesh also instructed the officers of Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority and UP State Highway Authority to look into the possibility of upgrading roads on PPP model in eastern UP.

Meanwhile,May 17 has been set as the deadline for selecting consultants to take up the feasibility study for the proposed expressway connecting Lucknow to Agra.

The Chief Minister also said the government will allow all those PPP projects to continue where private investment has already been made,be it of road or power. He,however,asked the officers concerned of about nine departments to review the feasibility of those projects where no progress has been made so far.

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