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Agra Lucknow Expressway is a 188 mi (302 km) highway constructed between cities of Lucknow and Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It belongs to 6-lane expressway and can be expandable up to 8-lanes in the future. The construction of this expressway is to get completed by 2016 end. The Expressway has been constructed to combat traffic issues prevalent in the highways and congested roads and to tackle pollution that increased because of the increased frequency of vehicles between these cities. There is also a plan to develop various townships all through this Expressway.

The Project cost was estimated to be around 1.6 billion dollars (105 billion INR). It can reduce the travel time to 3.30 hours from the existing 6 hours from Lucknow to Agra. Though the Expressway is going to be 6-lane wide, its structures like underpasses, minor and major bridges have already constructed in the form of 8-lane with an idea to expand the expressway near future.  Uttar Pradesh Government will finance for the proposal on minimum agricultural land and minimal distance formula. There is a plan for 2 agricultural mandis and 4 development centres or townships on this Expressway.  During February 2015, there was an announcement to construct International Airport at Kaanauj close to this Expressway. It is going to be the largest International Airport of UP and 2nd largest in North India to serve metropolises of Kanpur and Lucknow with flights towards America, Middle East and Europe and other topmost destinations. There is a proposal to name this airport after Captain Laskshmi Sehgal, the popular freedom fighter from Kanpur.

S.No

Station

Inter Station distance in Kilometres

Chainage in Kilometres From Mainpuri

1

Agra

0

0

2

Firozabad

24

24

3

Shikohabad

45

70

4

Mainpuri

17

87

5

Kannauj

80

165

6

Mohanlal Ganj

85

260

7

Lucknow

10

302

Total Length of the Route: 302 km

This Expressway was planned to connect with Agra Ring road which is under construction and thus deliver express connection between NCR, Greater Noida and Lucknow through Agra. The plan is to connect Lucknow and Agra through Unnao, Kannauj, Mainpuri. This expressway starts at Etmadpur Madra Village near the city of Agra and ends at Sarosa Bharosa Village close to Mohan Road in Lucknow.

Objectives

The major objectives of expressway are:

  • To deliver fast moving lane in order to decrease travel time
  • To link commercial centres/ main townships on northern part of Yamuna
  • To enhance the development of the nearby places like Mainpuri. When Mainpuri is linked with Lucknow, it can transform into another Business Zone with lot of opportunities towards development
  • To relieve the congestion on NH-91 and to run across heart of Unnai, Etah and Aligarh
  • To reduce the carbon footprint and pollution of the vehicles that travel between Agra and Lucknow (both commercial and tourist  vehicles travelling towards Taj Mahal)
  • Increase the efficiency of Vehicle mileage, reduce the wear and also tear on vehicles along with reduction in logistical costs
  • To help farmers of West Uttar Pradesh villages to transport their milk, horticultural and agricultural products rapidly towards major cities
  • To enhance the transport of supplies and provide helping hand to the Yamuna flood affected areas and also in case of other emergencies.

Project Timeline

  • 2013 November: There was no bidding from developers towards the 9000 crore INR project on ‘build, own, operate and transfer’ platform. The major concern that keep the developers away from this project is the exclusion of free provision for land parcels that move across this expressway
  • 2014 June: GoUP came up with this project under fund from State Government without the provision towards free land parcels through this expressway to these developer companies. 5 packages bids to cover 6 lane Expressway was invited by GoUP. After this, 24 companies came up with their application for these 5 patches of expressway.
  • 2014 August: Once this Bidding process gets finalized , all the 5 sections can be executed simultaneously. Those 5 sections along with its length details and developer are listed below:
    • Unnao-Lucknow (63 km) – Larsen & Turbro
    • Kannauj – Unnao (64 km) – Afcons Infrastructure
    • Etawah – Kannauj (57 Km) – Nagarjuna Construction Company
    • Firozabad – Etawah (62 km) – Afcons Infrastructure
    • Agra – Firozabad (55.3 km) – Tata Projects Limited
  • 2014 September: They acquired 50 % of land required for this project
  • 2014 November: The Foundation Stone as laid. They acquired 7000 acres of land needed for 15,000 crore project. They kept the target of 22 months to complete this project
  • 2015 May: They initiate the work on 2 major bridges: Ganga and Yamuna River. Mr. Alok Ranjan, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary declared that this expressway will be open to public by the October 2016 end
  • 2015 June:  One can view its progress in the form of patches on the Google Maps
  • Bangarmau towards Revari near to Lucknow
  • Makanpur close to Bela towards Bangarmau, close to Bilhaur
  • Kuberpur (Agra Yamuna Expressway end) towards Fatehabad

 

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