Ganga Expressway: the flagship project is ready to roll


The tendering process for the execution of the project on the basis of design, construction, finance, operation and transfer (DBFOT) in public-private partnership (PPP) mode is in its process. final phase and the project should be awarded in the coming days.

The upcoming 594 km long Ganga highway, as grandiose in design as the river along which it will be developed, has finally come off the drawing board, having recently received environmental clearance from the environmental assessment authority in state level. Work on the new Rs 36,000 crore expressway, which would link Meerut in the western part of Uttar Pradesh to Prayagraj in the east, is expected to start by the end of December, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation stone of the project. .

The tendering process for the execution of the project on the basis of design, construction, finance, operation and transfer (DBFOT) in public-private partnership (PPP) mode is in its process. final phase and the project should be awarded in the coming days. Adani Enterprises, Ashoka Buildcon and IRB Infrastructure Developers are the three companies that bid on the six-lane controlled access highway project.

Almost 94% of the land needed for this has already been acquired by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), the project’s nodal agency, which aims to complete it by 2025. In order to speed up the works , the project has been divided into four sections, each section comprising three packages.

Crossing 12 districts – Meerut, Hapur, Bulandhshar, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareilly, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj – the highway would cover 140 bodies of water and have seven road bridges, 17 interchange roads, 14 major bridges, 126 minor bridges, 28 flyovers, 50 vehicle underpasses and 946 culverts. Once operational, it is expected to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Prayagraj from 10-11 hours currently to just 6-7 hours. The state government plans to extend the highway at both ends – 110 km from Meerut to Tigri to the Uttar Pradesh / Uttarakhand border and 314 km from Prayagraj to Ballia, in the second phase of the project.

In order to launch the project, UPEIDA obtained a loan of Rs 4,480 crore from the Punjab National Bank for the purchase of land. This was done by titling the toll revenues from the already operational Agra-Lucknow highway. “The loan amount was made available in lieu of the securitization of the Agra-Lucknow highway toll revenues. This is the first project at UP where we are moving towards monetization, ”said a UPEIDA official, adding that by doing so, the government would create additional revenue for the Ganga Expressway project.

According to Rajeshwar Burla, vice president of corporate rating at ICRA, “the highway will change the landscape of the eastern part of the UP once it becomes operational.” It should serve as an industrial corridor and connect remote production units and agricultural production centers to the state and the national capital. By reducing the travel time from Meerut to Prayagraj, it would give a huge boost to the perishable agricultural products industry. It would also serve as a catalyst for the establishment of new industrial units, food processing units, dairy industry as well as small and medium-sized units in the region.

The movement on the Ganga highway project came a few weeks after the 341 km long Purvanchal highway, which connects the state capital Lucknow to Ghazipur at the UP-Bihar border, came into service. Two other highways, the Yamuna Highway, connecting Greater Noida to Agra, and the Agra-Lucknow Highway are already operational in the state.

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