Times News Network
Kanpur: The new project of Expressway connectivity between two Metro cities of Kanpur and Lucknow besides boosting industrial growth will ensure seamless connectivity and enhance the overall economic growth of the region.
Both the Union and the state governments are pursuing the project regularly on priority basis.
On Wednesday, senior district officials, including divisional commissioner visited the alignment site and decided to go towards Kanpur end.
The visit was accompanied by project director National Highway of India (NHAI) Lucknow NN Giri, general manager, Setu Nigam Kanpur Rakesh Singh, executive engineer PWD, city magistrate, and Neeraj Srivastav, member Kanpur High Level Development Committee.
Commissioner Raj Shekhar informed that the total length of the Expressway will be 63 km.
“It will have six lanes and can be extended to eight lanes if required in future,” he added.
The total cost of the project will be around 4700 crore which will be borne by NHAI, said an official..
Project director NN Giri stated that the land purchase/acquisition is in progress and will be completed in next two months by the administration of Lucknow and Unnao districts.
He said that the work would start in October or so after completion of the bidding out process and will take around 30 months to complete.
“The starting point is near Lucknow Airport and the end point is at Azad Chauraha near the Ganga bridge,” he said.
During the field visit, it was felt that the present connectivity of Kanpur from Ganga Barrage side to the Expressway at the Azad Chauraha has intersection at NH 27, and for smooth and hassle free movement of vehicles on to the Expressway point, there is a need of a flyover on the existing NH-27 near Azad Chowk.
The commissioner asked NHAI team to study the site by technical team in next one week and to take up the issue accordingly with NHAI headquarters and the state government.
At present, the Expressway would be connected to Kanpur from two sides. “One from NH- 27 Ganga bridge side and second from existing New Ganga Barrage sides,” he said.
The Ganga Barrage road is two lane road but its four lane proposal has been sent to the state government and also for declaring it as a state highway (From Mandhana in Kanpur to Mohanlalganj in Lucknow).
Once the Kanpur Ring road alignment is made final and the project is approved, it will be connected to the Expressway as an appropriate point, the official said.
“Once the project is completed, the distance of 63 km (from Lucknow Airport to Azad Chowk near Ganga bridge) can be covered in 45 minutes or so,” the official further said.