Greater Noida: Come December, tourists will be able to reach Agra from Noida in 90 minutes only as the Yamuna Expressway will be opened for public use two years before the scheduled time.

In a letter to the state government, Jaypee Constructions on Monday said that the expressway will start functioning from December this year. The deadline to complete the expressway was till November 2013.

The state administration had directed to complete a service lane of the expressway during the Commonwealth Games so that the visitors could adore the Taj Mahal in Agra. But, due to farmers’ agitation, the service lane could not be completed.

Now, December onwards, tourists can travel on the expressway with the speed of 120 km/hr without any traffic hassles.

The expressway will also set new dimensions of development for Greater Noida, Aligarh, Mathura, Maha Mayanagar, Mathura and Agra. The development of the cities alongside the expressway will also gain pace.

In 2003, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has handed over the responsibility of construction of the 165- km expressway to Jaypee Group. But, due to change of the government, the works were halted midway. In 2007, when the BSP was again elected in the state, the work for expressway commenced again.

Jaypee had been also instructed to complete two service lanes by September 30, 2010 in view of CWG but the project slowed down due to agitation of farmers in Tappal of Aligarh and Mathura for the land acquisition.

In a meeting held on Tuesday, Jaypee Group decided to open the expressway by December 2011. CEO of Yamuna Authority Capt SK Dwivedi said 88 percent work of the expressway have been completed and construction of bridges is in the final phase.

“Till December, 100 percent work will be done and commuters will be able to reach Agra from Noida via the expressway,” he said.
The 100- metre broad expressway comprises eight lanes and it expected to add another two later.

JPN/Bureau