A six-lane expressway between Lucknow and Agra planned by the Uttar Pradesh government will cut the present five-hour travel time to three hours. The State has estimated the planned 270-km road project at Rs 9,155 crore, excluding land cost.
The proposed greenfield project will take nearly four years to complete. It will be executed by a public-private-partnership through a special purpose vehicle on design, build, finance, operate and transfer model. Agra is part of a golden triangle with good connections with both Delhi and Jaipur. The proposed six-lane highway can be expanded to eight lanes.
The ‘access-control’ Agra-Lucknow Expressway Project will have service road on either side, and will be eventually extended to Delhi with the Yamuna Expressway. The project will provide linkage between Western Uttar Pradesh and Lucknow, besides linking Agra, Firozabad, Shikhoabad, Etawah, Kannauj and other central parts of the State.
It is significant for socio-economic development and promotion of trade, tourism and industries, says a concept report on the project.