All about the Ganga Expressway project, touted to be the longest in India
- Phase-1 will connect Bijauli village on NH-334 in Meerut district with Judapur Dandu village on NH-19 in Prayagraj
- The project aims to construct a 1,047 km access-controlled 8-lane wide expressway
- Uttar Pradesh's Agra Lucknow Expressway is the longest expressway in India
Ganga Expressway is an approved 594 km long, 6-lane wide (expandable to 8) greenfield expressway project in Uttar Pradesh. The first phase of the project will connect Bijauli village on NH-334 in Meerut district with Judapur Dandu village on NH-19 in Prayagraj district.
On January 29, 2019, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet met at Prayagraj, the venue of the Kumbh Mela and cleared the decks to construct the Ganga Expressway between Meerut and Prayagraj.
Initially, the Ganga Expressway project was launched in 2007 by the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, but work commenced only after Yogi Adityanath assumed office.
The project aims to construct a 1,047 km access-controlled 8-lane wide expressway running along the Ganga river. This expressway will connect Greater Noida to Ballia, ensuring high-speed connectivity between the Eastern and Western boundaries of Uttar Pradesh.
The proposed expressway from Ballia to Greater Noida is also planned to serve as a flood control embankment since floods are a major cause of agricultural and environmental damage in the area, and lead to many deaths as well as the spread of diseases during India's monsoon season.
The construction work on Ganga Expressway was not started then because of an order from the Allahabad High Court. The order instructed that the state and the concessionaire complete a full environmental study and obtain permission from the central government before embarking on the construction.
Here is a list of 5 longest expressways in India
Agra Lucknow Expressway - 301 kms
Uttar Pradesh's Agra Lucknow Expressway is the longest expressway in India, followed by Yamuna Expressway and expected to be inaugurated on November 21, 2016. The 302 kms controlled access super highway became the longest expressway in India and 8 Indian Air Force fighter jets successfully landed on Agra-Lucknow expressway for opening of the longest expressway in the country.
Yamuna Expressway - 165 kms
After the inauguration of Agra Lucknow Expressway, The 165 km long Yamuna Expressway was the second longest access controlled expressway in India. This 6 lane can be extendable to 8 lanes expressway. The expressway starts from Greater Noida and connects Agra and was India's longest controlled-access expressway stretch.
Hyderabad Outer Ring Road expressway – 158 km
Hyderabad's Outer Ring Road expressway has been developed to encircle the City of Hyderabad. The 158 km long 8 lane ring road expressway improves the connectivity of Greater Hyderabad and is built by Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.
Mumbai Nashik Expressway – 150 km
This expressway is the largest BOT road project in India, connecting Mumbai to Nasik. The 150 km long expressway is one of the most amazing expressways in Maharashtra.
Western Peripheral Expressway – 135 km
Western Peripheral Expressway is a 6-lane 135.6 km long expressway in Haryana and along with the Eastern Peripheral Expressway it creates the largest Ring Road around Delhi.