Ganga Expressway should be completed by December 2024: Chief Minister

In a high-level meeting held on Thursday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the progress of the ongoing and new expressway projects in the state and the development of industrial corridor and defense corridor and gave necessary guidelines. Major guidelines given by the Chief Minister in the meeting:-

● Under the guidance of the respected Prime Minister, unprecedented work has been done in the field of road infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh in the last 7 years. This state which had only 2 expressways till 2017, has 6 expressways today. The number of national highways has also almost doubled compared to 7 years ago. Today, Uttar Pradesh is getting a new identity as an expressway state.

● In any case, aim to make the Ganga Expressway connecting Meerut to Prayagraj available to the general public by next December, so that devotees from all over the country and the world can take advantage of traveling on the Ganga Expressway during Prayagraj Kumbh 2025.

● The progress of construction of Gorakhpur Link Expressway is satisfactory. It will become a medium of excellent connectivity for Gorakhpur, Sant Kabir Nagar Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar district. The construction of Gorakhpur Link Expressway should be completed in a timely manner.

● Respecting the public aspirations, the process should be expedited to connect Bundelkhand Express, which has become the lifeline of Bundelkhand, to Chitrakoot. Budget has also been provisioned for this. This will be very helpful in improving the connectivity of Bundelkhand. The quality of work and the timeliness of the project should be ensured.

● There is a need to expand the expressway coverage for better connectivity. A world-class airport is being built in Jewar, it should be connected to the expressway. For this, it would be appropriate to construct a link expressway from Ganga Expressway to Jewar Airport. Similarly, a link expressway should be built from Agra-Lucknow Expressway to Purvanchal Expressway and a new link expressway should be built from Ganga Expressway to Agra-Lucknow Expressway via Farrukhabad. Along with the Chitrakoot Link Expressway, these three new expressways will accelerate the progress of the state. A detailed report should be prepared after conducting a preliminary study in this regard. Plants should be planted on both sides of all expressways.

● Major defense manufacturing companies of the country and the world are investing in Uttar Pradesh Defense Industry, which is playing a leading role in making the country a defense production hub. So far, an investment of more than 24 thousand crores has been made in the Defense Corridor. Big companies like Brahmos Aerospace, Aeroalloy Technology in Lucknow Node, Bharat Dynamics Limited in Jhansi Node, Adani Defense System in Kanpur Node, Amitech Electronics and Anchor Research Limited in Aligarh are setting up their units. Take immediate decisions regarding new proposals. Do not keep any proposal pending.

● The process of development of Bio Plastic Park should be expedited. It is expected that the purchase of land for setting up a bio plastic manufacturing unit in Lakhimpur Kheri should be expedited.

● The implementation of investment proposals received at the Global Investors Summit should be reviewed continuously. Be it land allotment to an investor or the matter of incentives payable, there should be no delay. Take immediate decisions.

● There is a need to update the bylaws of the authorities amid changing circumstances. The rules should be made more investment friendly. The process of land acquisition should be expedited for landbank expansion in industrial development authorities.

● There should be better arrangements for basic infrastructure facilities in industrial colonies. It is the responsibility of the development authority to ensure that facilities like roads, drainage, cleanliness, water supply etc. are available in a better manner in the industrial area.

● A large number of investors have shown interest in the development of private parks. The MSME department has done good work in this regard. Industrial development authorities should also make rapid arrangements to provide bulk land required by investors for setting up private parks.

● There should not be unnecessary delay in starting the acquisition process after notifying the land by the Industrial Development Authorities. Compensation should be given to the farmers immediately.

● Industrial Development Authorities should declare a policy for making available the land of sick industrial units in their industrial areas to new investors.

● The process of land acquisition in the newly formed Bundelkhand Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) is expected to be expedited. This effort will give a new height to the development of Bundelkhand in the state. The process of development of Multimodal Logistics Hub (MMLH) in Dadri and Multimodal Transport Hub (MMTH) in Boraki should be expedited.

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