The proposed Agra-Lucknow Expressway, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 10,435 crore under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, would connect four industrial hubs along the route.
Four growth centres have been identified along the proposed expressway, namely Glass City in Ferozabad; Pragati Nagar near Karhal and Saifai;, Khushboo City near Kannauj; and Malihabad, which will be involved in the food processing and packaging and the marketing industries.
“The growth centres would be commercial, business and civic hubs which would help realise the potential of local traits and materials to boost the local economy,” state Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) Anil K Gupta said here.
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The locations of the growth centres are tentative and changes could be made on the basis of a detailed project report (DPR).
Four link roads, including the 9 km Agra link road, 15 km Ferozabad link road, 26 km Kannauj link road and 14 km Lucknow link road have been proposed to provide access to the growth centres.
The PPP Monitoring Committee (PPPMC), headed by Gupta, has approved the concept report in this regard.
The process to select a project development consultant to prepare the DPR would start soon commenced soon.
“Alternative bidding for the selection of developers to implement either the entire expressway as a single project or in packages has been included in the concept report to expedite execution,” Gupta said.
To be built on minimum distance separation formula, the finalised alignment proposes a 270 km long, six-lane expressway, which might be expanded to eight lanes, starting from the Agra ring road close to the Yamuna Expressway and passing through Fatehabad, Shikohabad, Saifai, NH-92 near Etawah, NH-91 near Kannauj and NH-25A near Malihabad, and culminating at the inner ring road in Lucknow.
Apart from cutting travel time between Lucknow and Agra to three hours from the current seven hours, the controlled-access expressway would enable swift transportation of perishable farm produce bigger markets and boost tourism, as it would connect to the already functional Yamuna Expressway between Greater Noida and Agra.