Lucknow, Jun 30(UNI): The Uttar Pradesh government has acquired 5,261 hectare land, which is 80 per cent of the total requirement for its Rs 40,000 crore “Ganga Expressway” project, Chief Minister Adityanath said here on Wednesday.
“People are happily providing land for the project. So far, 5,261 hectare land has been purchased from 63,362 farmers. This meets 80 per cent of the total requirement,” the Chief Minister said.
Remaining 1,221 hectare will be bought on priority basis, he added.
The 594 km Ganga Expressway project by UPEIDA is an approved six lane access-controlled road with a route alignment connecting NH-334 in Meerut district with NH-2 at Prayagraj bypass in the Prayagraj district.
This greenfield project was first announced in 2008 to connect Noida with Ballia during Mayawati regime. Since then, the project in phase 1 has been revised to connect Meerut with Prayagraj.
In Phase 2, the expressway will be extended by 110 km to Tigri on the Uttar Pradesh / Uttarakhand border and by 314 km to Ballia near Varanasi.
In February, the state government decided to extend the project – from Meerut to Haridwar and from Prayagraj to Varanasi.