The development of infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh is moving at fast pace and if it continues with the same tempo, the state will surpass Gujarat and Maharashtra as far as highways are concerned.

The newly constructed Yamuna Expressway has added a new feature in the cap of the state. Recently, the cabinet’s nod to Agra-Lucknow Expressway has given a new height to state’s highway development projects.

The state government had set up Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) which has constructed the Yamuna Expressway (Greater Noida–Agra). The  proposed Greater Noida to Ballia Expressway, Bijnore-Moradabad-Fategarh Expressway, Jhansi – Kanpur – Lucknow – Gorakhpur – Kushinagar Expressway connecting Southern to Eastern boundaries of the State, Lucknow-Barabanki-Nanpara link Expressway, Agra-Kanpur Expressway and Narora-Uttarakhand boundary Expressway will certainly boost the infrastructure in the state.

Till late 90’s, the roads were in poor condition. However, with the launch of National Highway Development Program in year 2000, the National highways passing through the state witnessed a phenomenal growth. The government has opted public-private partnership (PPP) model to build the highways. So far, only 50 percent of villages in state have been connected with asphalt surfaced roads and work is under progress in rest of the villages.

Rail network in Uttar Pradesh is far better than that of other states in the country. The state has big railway stations like Lucknow, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Varanasi and Jhansi. Despite being a petrochemical and power hub, Auraiya is deprived of rail connectivity. Busy railway crossings in Kanpur and Varanasi create traffic jam which can be eased by constructing over bridges. The airports in the state have no direct international flights. Jewar airport is still in gestational stage.

JPN/Bureau

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