Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday asked officials to expedite work on the ambitious Agra-Lucknow Greenfield Expressway project, to provide a large market to Uttar Pradesh farmers and cut the travel time between the two cities.

Two days after inaugurating the Yamuna Expressway, Akhilesh on Monday briefed concerned officials about the niceties of the project.

The present distance of 350 km between Agra and Lucknow would be reduced to 274 kilometers with this project's completion and the travel time would be around 3 hours.

"The proposed expressway from Agra to Lucknow should have enough under ways and cattle way besides they should also have service lanes on both sides," the chief minister directed the concerned officials after an overview presentation on the Agra-Lucknow access control Greenfield Expressway project.

The produce of farmers of the areas from where the proposed Agra-Lucknow Expressway would pass will get an "opportunity to reach larger markets" and the mandis would also expand, according to an official release quoting Chief Minister.

Same would be the case with vegetables and seasonal fruits like watermelon and perishable dairy products which would easily reach the urban areas, Akhilesh said.

Glass city would also be established in Firozabad, he said. The proposed 6-lane expressway would be expandable to 8 lanes.

For the project, "not much fertile land will be needed to be acquired" as most of the land required was available with the Irrigation Department beside the already existing canal tracks and other public lands which fall into it, he said.

To prevent flooding of the Expressway it is proposed that it would be on a high platform and 10 meter on either side will be prepared as greenfield bar.


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