Unnao (Uttar Pradesh): It is a moment to feel proud of it as IAF fighter jets today touched down on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Uttar Pradesh during the grand opening of India’s longest expressway by the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The expressway consists of six-lanes with the total length of 302-km, connecting the city of Taj Mahal with state capital Lucknow, during the inaugural ceremony Chief Minister’s father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was also present.
Three SU-30 along with three Mirage-2000s of the Indian Air Force performed simulated landings on the Expressway at Unnao, around 50 km from Lucknow, as a host of IAF officers, politicians and commoners watched in wonder.
The most surprising thing for the people is this that the portion of the Expressway has capability to make emergency landings of jets, as it has reinforced cement concrete construction and appropriately marked to facilitate aircraft landings.
As this is the prime project of the Chief Minister, the Expressway has been constructed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA).
While delivering speech on the occasion, Akhilesh Yadav thanked the IAF for the grand show and said the expressway will be opened for public soon.
According to the Uttar Pradesh government, the expressway will reduce the travel time between Agra and Lucknow to just 3.5 hours from the current seven hours.
Not only this the expressway will join the Yamuna Expressway in Agra, is also expected to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Lucknow to between 5 and 6 hours.
An official connected with the project said the expressway is fully equipped with advanced traffic management systems that will work during foggy conditions too.
According to the state government official claimed, the Expressway had created a national record of laying a 302-km greenfield expressway in barely 23 months and with this it can be later expanded to eight lanes.
Some of the unique features of this expressway are that it has eight bridges on Ganges and Yamuna, four railway overbridges and provision of 3.3 km runway for landing of IAF fighter planes are unique features of the project.
Citizens of Agra also enjoyed the opening of the six-lane Expressway, as the state government has claimed that it will bring Taj Ganj nearer to Hazrat Ganj, the premier market in Lucknow.
With the few stretches of the mega project are still uncompleted but Akhilesh Yadav was keen to present a birthday gift to his father, Mulayam Singh, whose birthday is on Monday.
The opening ceremony of this expressway was held at Khamboli, near RS Chauraha Bangarmau in Unnao district, adjacent to Lucknow.