UP rolls out 8-lane expressways
PM News Bureau
State nodal agency Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial
Development Authority is in the process of selecting a consultant for the
development of an eight-lane access-controlled expressway from Noida in Gautam
Budh Nagar district to Kalsia in Saharanpur district, along the Hindan river, in
This major road project will be developed under design-build-finance-operate
model on PPP basis. The consultant will undertake pre-feasibility and
feasibility studies including design report, costing to assess technical,
financial and economic viability, environmental and social assessment studies
and their analysis, among other requirements.
The total length of the expressway is about 217 km. It will run from Noida to
Saharanpur on a high embankment parallel to the left bank of Hindan river and
from Saharanpur to Kalsia over a normal embankment.
The project has been approved by the UP government. So far, the state PWD has
prepared the concept report and has taken up preliminary project development
work. The state environment impact assessment authority has given preliminary
environmental clearance in areas falling in Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghazaibad, Meerut,
Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur districts. EIA clearance from the ministry of
environment and forests is awaited.
Phase-I: Nakud to Charthawal (36 km), Bhayla to Haryana border (Karnal),
Meerut Ring Road to expressway, and Greater Noida expressway (5.20 km).
Phase-II: Kalsia to Dehradun, Gagalhedi to Hardwar, Kalsia to Paonta
Sahib, and Kalsia to Yamuna Nagar.
Expressway sections passing through Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana
will be taken up after approval of the three state governments.
The UP government is willing to consider a number of "sweeteners" to make the
project economically viable for the developer. These include granting land
development rights for real estate, industrial park, SEZ and wayside amenities
The UP government has already awarded contracts for two eight-lane
access-controlled expressway projects to Jaypee Group, the infrastructure
conglomerate based in New Delhi. These are the 1,047-km Greater Noida to
Ballia-Ganga expressway, which is estimated to cost Rs 30,000 crore and which
will run through several districts, and the 165-km Yamuna expressway project
(erstwhile Taj expressway), which is slated to cost nearly Rs 40,000 crore.
Other eight-lane expressway projects are Bijnore-Moradabad to Fategarh;
Jhansi-Kanpur-Lucknow-Gorakhpur-Kushinagar in southern UP to the eastern
boundaries; Lucknow-Barabanki-Nanpara link; Agra to Kanpur; and Narora to
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