India's longest expressway Ganga Expressway on fast track!

India's longest expressway Ganga Expressway on fast track!

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday (Sep 03, 2021) expedited the ambitious Ganga Expressway project by clearing the respective Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Qualification (RFQ).

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the RFP and RFQ documents of the Rs 36,230 crore projects in Lucknow.

According to the government spokesperson and minister for MSMEs, Siddharth Nath Singh, said that the Ganga Expressway project was approved by the state government on November 26, 2020. The project 594-km-long Meerut to Prayagraj Ganga Expressway will be the biggest expressway project in the country. The cabinet decided that the process of bidding for Ganga Expressway would be completed within 60 days.

About 92.20 per cent of the land has been acquired for the project and an airstrip will also be built on this six-lane expressway. The Ganga Expressway will be of six lanes, which can be expanded to eight lanes and the project will be constructed in four packages. The cost of each package is between Rs 5,000 and Rs 5,800 crore.

For this a concessional agreement of 30 years will be made. The expressway will be developed on the DBFOT (Develop, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) model and the maximum speed limit for vehicles has been fixed at 120 kmph. The cabinet approved this proposal in its entirety so that we do not need to take cabinet approval for trivial matters.

 

Location and Connectivity

 

  • According to the Uttar Pradesh government, the Ganga Expressway will be about 594 km long.
  • The starting point of Ganga Expressway is from NH 334 in Meerut district and it will terminate at by pass of (NH-2) in Prayagraj district.
  • The districts that will be connected by the new expressway include Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj.
  • In addition, about 519 villages will be connected by the expressway.
  • After the operationalization of the expressway, the travel time between Delhi and Prayagraj is expected to be reduced from the existing 10-11 hours to just 6-7 hours with the help of expressway.

 

Status updates

 

  • January 2019: The Ganga Expressway project, a planned project stalled since 2007, has been restarted. The project was launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on 29 January 2019.

 

  • February 2019: Expressway to be built parallel to the course of river Ganga, however, a distance of 10 km will be maintained to ensure easy compliance of environmental laws.

 

  • September 2019: Two alignment plans are ready, one to be approved by CM Yogi Adityanath and then a consultant will be appointed to prepare and submit the Detailed Project Report (DPR). Expressway to be ready by 2024

 

  • February 2020: Rs 2,000 crore allocated for the construction of Ganga Expressway in the budget of Uttar Pradesh on 18 February 2020. The 594-km-long first phase connecting Meerut to Allahabad is to be completed by 2024.

 

  • March 2021: Tenders for Phase-I in 12 packages were floated by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

 

  • May 2021: As on May 30, 3,440 hectares of required land has been acquired. The first phase of the 594 km long Ganga Expressway will pass through 519 villages in 12 districts.

 

  • June 2021: As of June 30, 5,260 hectares of essential land has been acquired.

 

 

  • August 2021: As of August 16, 6,532 hectares (about 90%) of the required land has been acquired. Punjab National Bank (PNB) on 21 August approved a loan of ₹5,100 crore for the project.

 

  • September 2021: 93% of land acquisition completed and UP cabinet approves the project by 2nd September.