Lucknow: Claiming that Uttar Pradesh is home to 47 % of the expressways in the country, senior UP government officials on Sun day highlighted the advantages of the high-speed road corridors that have been developed in the state in the past five – and – – half years. Participating in the annual conclave of the Indian Roads Congress, heads of four government agencies involved in the augmentation of the infrastructure, presented the roadmap being followed to achieve the milestones stipulated by the UP government to achieve USD 1 trillion economies.
” Ideally, a truck involved in the transportation of goods should cover 600 km to 700 km in a day on expressways. The daily average in the country is in the range of 250 km to 300 km, ” said Salil Kumar Yadav, chief engineer of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority. Officer added that UP in the coming years will create infrastructure to ensure trucks and transporters are able to cover more than 500 km of distance in a day while trying to reach any part of the state.
Responding to a query on the speedy execution of the expressways, the chief executive officer of UPEIDA. Arvind Kumar said that a single window clearance platform has been set up to obtain clearances from various government departments related to the construction of the expressways.
” I would also like to point out that UP has been buying the land directly from the farmers. The money is paid to the landowners within a short period of time after the verification of the documents. We are interacting and convincing the landowners directly instead of opting for the land acquisition act to acquire the land. The contractors involved with construction work are also given payments within three days after raising the bill. That is how we have been able to deliver so many expressways, ” said Arvind Kumar, who is also the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner of the state.
While the Yamuna Expressway which connects Agra to Greater Noida and Luck now to Agra expressway had been built in the past, the Purvanchal expressway and Bundelk hand expressway were delivered and thrown open for use recently. At present, the authority is constructing the Gorakhpur link expressway and Ganga expressway which will connect Meerut to Prayagraj.