Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday expressed his happiness over the inauguration of India’s largest, Agra-Lucknow expressway. The Chief Minister also vowed to inaugurate Lucknow metro. “I am very happy that the Agra-Lucknow expressway is now open, soon we will also be inaugurating the Lucknow metro,” said the chief minister. The Uttar Pradesh Government claims that the new expressway will reduce traveling time between Agra to Lucknow from 7 hours to 3.5 hours. The 302-km long six-lane expressway is special on many counts – from the record time under which it has been completed, to the fact that it will drastically reduce the travel time between India’s capita New Delhi to UP’s capital Lucknow.
According to the new estimates the expressway will help cut down the time between Lucknow and New Delhi to just 6 hours. The expressway has a design speed of up to 120 kms per hour. It includes 4 rail over bridges, 13 major bridges, 57 minor bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 148 pedestrian underpasses and 9 flyovers. The Agra-Lucknow Expressway has been built in a record time of 23 months by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA). The UP government chose different builders for different stretches of the highway. The estimated cost of construction of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway was Rs 15,000 crore, but the UP government claims that it was completed in Rs 13,200 crore.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party has also decided not to celebrate the birthday of party supremo Mulayam Singh in wake of Indore-Patna Rail Tragedy which took place near UP’s Kanpur.