Agra-Lucknow Expressway: India’s longest greenfield expressway inaugurated ahead of UP polls
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday inaugurated Agra-Lucknow Expressway, India’s longest, ahead of the state assembly elections.
The six-lane greenfield Agra-Lucknow Expressway was inaugurated at Bangermau, around 50 km from Lucknow in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.
Six fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) starred in the grand of the expressway where Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav was also present. Sukhoi and Mirage 2000s jets performed simulated landings, a first for any road launch.
The 302 km long expressway, completed in record 23 months, will reduce travel time between from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh capital from nine hours to around five. The dream project of UP CM Akhilesh was completed with the cost of Rs 13,200 crore.
According to the UP government, the expressway will help cut down the time between Agra and Lucknow to just 3.5 hours, from the current 7 hours. The UP CM has cautioned people saying, “I request you to drive on the expressway with caution and not exceed a speed limit of 100km an hour.”
The expressway has a design speed of up to 120 km per hour. It will have automatic traffic management systems aimed at reducing road accidents and helping even at the time of fog.
The expressway includes 4 rail over bridges, 13 major bridges, 57 minor bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 148 pedestrian underpasses and 9 flyovers.
Former chief minister of the state Mayawati has accused the ruling party of trying to rush the launch of the highway ahead of state polls, when even road signs haven’t all been put up. “When I was UP Chief Minister, there were some flaws in the Noida Expressway.They said inaugurate it before polls but I refused to play with people’s lives by inaugurating an incomplete expressway,” Mayawati said.