By 2029-30, Delhi to Agra travel might be possible via high-speed bullet trains which will run every 60 minutes between the two cities. The route will be a part of the proposed Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail (HSR) project which will reduce the train journey time between Delhi and Varanasi from 11-12 hours to just three hours. The 958 km long bullet train project will also have a spur linking Lucknow and Ayodhya. If things go according to the plan, the corridor will have 12 stations including Varanasi, Ayodhya, Mathura, Prayagraj and also Jewar Airport. The estimated cost of the total project will be around ₹2.28 lakh crores.
India’s Second Longest Expressway To Reduce Delhi-Prayagraj Travel Time By 4 Hours
India’s second-longest expressway, the Ganga expressway in Uttar Pradesh will link Meerut to Prayagraj and will reduce the Delhi-Prayagraj travel time from around 11 hours to 7 hours. Work on the project will commence from September 2021. The project is expected to be completed in the next 26 months ( that comes to around mid-November 2023). It will also connect western Uttar Pradesh to Eastern Uttar Pradesh. The estimated cost of the 8-lane project is around ₹36000 crores. Read on to know more.
The Expressway Will Run Through 12 UP Districts
The length of the Ganga expressway will be around 594 kilometres. It will start from Meerut’s Bijauli village and will end at Prayagraj’s Judapur Dandu village. The expressway will run through 12 districts in Uttar Pradesh, namely Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj. It will incorporate 14 major bridges, 18 flyovers, 8 road overbridges, 126 minor bridges and 929 culverts. Meanwhile, India Will Build Green Highways On Delhi To Mumbai Expressway To Curb Pollution.
The Expressway Might Be Extended To Varanasi Later
Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEDIA) is working on the issuance of tenders for the Ganga Expressway. The expressway will connect Meerut to Prayagraj, but reportedly might be extended to Varanasi later. To ensure that the project meets its timely completion date, it has been segregated into 12 packages. The expressway will connect around 519 villages too. The highest speed of vehicles running on the expressway will be limited to 120 kmph.