Ganga Expressway

Map of Ganga Expressway

Map of Ganga Expressway
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*The Map showing the Routes of Ganga Expressway

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The Uttar Pradesh government, then lead by Chief Minister Mayawati announced the project of building the 1047 kilometer long eight-lane expressway in 2007.
The proposed expressway, the longest in the country, was to connect Greater Noida in east UP to Balia in west UP at its border with Bihar, simultaneously running along the left bank of the Ganga River and connecting the major towns on the route. The towns on the route include Varanasi, Allahabad, Rae Bareli, Kanpur, Shahjahanpur, Bulandshahr and Badaun. The proposed expressway would in fact effectively connect east and west UP traversing the breadth of the state and give an economic boost to the state with the smooth connectivity between its major towns and cities. The expressway would also reduce the travelling time by road from Delhi to Allahabad and Varanasi, major religious tourist and pilgrim spots in UP.

In addition, according to the state government, the expressway would be built on a raised embankment. This embankment would also act as a flood control measure against the frequent floods on the left bank of the Ganga River.

The ambitious Rs 40,000 crore project was to be built by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), the state government agency in charge of expressways, in collaboration with the concessionaire Jaypee Associates in the Public Private Partnership model.

However In 2009, the Allahabad High court restrained the state government from starting the project. It was asked to obtain an environmental clearance from the Central government as the road was to be built on the ecologically sensitive Ganga flood plains. Work on the expressway was held up due to the lack of environmental clearance. Later, farmer's agitations against land acquisitions on the route of the expressway held up the project and the work has not yet started though it was to begin four years ago in 2008.

The recently elected new Chief Minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav now plans to revive the project.

Last Updated on : 06 April 2013