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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Ganga Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur today

By Priyanka Verma 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the 594-km long Ganga Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur on Saturday. The six-lane expressway, built at a cost of Rs 36,230 crore, is being tipped as the longest expressway in Uttar Pradesh.

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Starting near Bijauli village in Meerut, the expressway will extend till near Judapur Dandu village in Prayagraj. With a better network and interconnectivity of expressways, every end of Uttar Pradesh will be connected to Lucknow and Delhi.

The program of laying the foundation stone of Ganga Expressway by PM Modi will begin at Railway Ground Rauza from Shahjahanpur at 12 pm.

Here’s all you need to know about the expressway:

* The 594-km expressway, inarguably country’s longest, will start from Bijauli village along NH-334 in Meerut and end at Judapur Dandu village near bypass of NH-2 in Prayagraj. It will traverse through 10 districts including Hapur, Bulandshahar, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Raebareli and Pratapgarh.

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* It is at Shahjahanpur where a 3.5-km long airstrip is proposed to be built for emergency landing and takeoff of fighter aircraft.

* The six-lane expressway, expandable up to eight lanes will have 120 metres wide right of way, the total land area acquired for the construction of the roadway. It is also proposed to have a 3.75 metre wide service road at one side so that residents of nearby villages of the project area may get a smooth transportation facility.

* Along with this, nine public convenience centres, seven railway overbridges, 14 major bridges, 126 minor bridges and 381 underpasses will be built for the convenience of the people. Interchange facilities will also be provided at 17 places for entry and exit on the expressway. A service road will also be built for the residents of the villages around the project.

* The project covers a major part of the west UP region which had been hit by the farmers’ unrest against the three farm laws.

* Projected as a “milestone” in the infrastructure development of the state, the Ganga Expressway will provide a direct road connectivity to the National Capital Region from the east UP region.

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* Travel time between Delhi and Prayagraj to get reduced to 7 hours.

* A government spokesperson said that the state government had approved the Ganga Expressway project on November 26 last year at a cost of Rs 36,230 crore. UPEIDA sources said that around 18,55,000 saplings will be planted along the expressway for environmental protection, besides operating the project through usage of solar power.

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