New road in Uttar Pradesh gets green light

A developer is expected to be selected soon for the Upper Ganga Canal Expressway, the latest major road project in the state.

The government of Uttar Pradesh in India has given the go-ahead for a shortened version of a highway that will connect Uttar Pradesh with neighbouring Uttarakhand. The 170-kilometer eight-lane road will run from Dehra to Purkazi. A 250-kilometre route was originally envisaged.

Work on the construction of the Upper Ganga Canal Expressway, known as the Hindon Expressway before the proposed route was changed, is expected to begin in April this year after the proposal is finalised and a developer selected. Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) has been acting as consultant to the Uttar Pradesh government on the project.

Uttar Pradesh has given the green light to a number of new highways recently. The 166-kilometre six-lane Yamuna Expressway connecting Delhi with Agra is expected to complete this year, while the four-section 1,000-kilometre Ganga Expressway running along the Ganga river is scheduled to complete by 2011.

Unlike with other major road projects in India, the Upper Ganga Canal Expressway will not be held up by land acquisition as sufficient land for the project is already available.