"At a time when this road is being inaugurated, the farmers of the region are protesting. Their demand is that when this contract had been sanctioned, the concessionaire Jaypee was supposed to build service lane on both sides for the entire 165 km distance," Chaudhary said.
"For a farmer who has his land for this highway, service lane and underpass are the only way he can reach his fields that now lie on both sides of the road," he added.
Chaudhary, who represents the Mathura Parliamentary constituency, claimed that dedicated service lane had been constructed on only a 15 km stretch.
He said the Uttar Pradesh government was projecting the Highway as an achievement but had not worked to accommodate the concerns of the locals.
"This Highway will not be able to run for long in its present form. There had been problems earlier. I know because this is my area. People of those villages have suffered a lot, their lands were taken, they were fired upon, farmers died."
"Without hearing views of the locals, how is development possible? One-sided development is not possible. There is no doubt that you have pushed a button and claimed that this highway is now in use, but who will be responsible if there is an accident?" he wondered.
The RLD MP said that it was for the UP government to ensure that the terms of the concessionaire agreement were fulfilled by the private company.
Chaudhary said there had been at least two incidents of road accidents which happened when some local youths in their vehicles tried to cross the 15 ft high highway.
The MP said that he had written a letter to the Chief Minister in this regard and suggested lowering of toll tariff to Rs 1 per kilometre.
He also demanded that all cases against farmers, registered during the protests related to the Expressway, be withdrawn.