Ganga Expressway: Check the route, map, project’s major cities and latest news

[] The Ganga Expressway route will connect the districts along the Ganga River, starting from Meerut till Varanasi, via Prayagraj

In a bid to improve connectivity to the interior regions of Uttar Pradesh, the Ganga Expressway was conceived as an aspirational project. To be built in two phases, this will be one of the longest expressways when completed. The 602-km Ganga Expressway route will pass through a number of districts between Meerut and Prayagraj, via Varanasi. While the land acquisition for the project is underway and the construction is yet to begin, the Ganga Expressway is slated to be completed by 2025. To keep up with the timelines, the state government has not stopped work on the state’s expressway projects, even during the state-wide lockdown due to the second wave of COVID-19.

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According to reports, the Ganga Expressway project will be constructed at a cost of Rs 36,000 crores and would require 6,556 hectares of land. This expressway would also serve as an emergency airstrip.

On September 2, 2021, the state cabinet gave its nod for the Ganga Expressway, a greenfield, six-lane expressway project.

According to the government spokesperson and minister for MSMEs, Siddharth Nath Singh, the project will be implemented based on develop, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) under the public-private partnership model. The request for proposal (RFP) and request for quotation (RFQ) documents have been approved. Further, a timeline of 60 days has been set for completion of the bidding for the project. The minister said that the network of expressway projects in Uttar Pradesh would play a huge role in making the state a trillion-dollar economy.

After the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway on November 16, 2021, the state government has expedited the process of land acquisition along the Ganga Expressway route.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 600-km, six-lane Ganga Expressway on December 18, 2021. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, recently said that industrial clusters, an airstrip, helipads for emergency landings and operation of air-ambulances, public facilities like trauma centre will be come up along the route of Ganga expressway. He also said that around 96 per cent of the total required 7,386 hectares of land of 518 gram panchayats had been acquired for the Ganga expressway project.

As per a statement by the Uttar Pradesh government on December 14, 2021, more than half of the ganga express way will pass through western UP areas such as Meerut, Hapur, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Sambhal, Budaun and Shahjahanpur districts. The Ganga express highway will connect Eastern UP with western UP and the National Capital Region (NCR).

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Ganga Expressway route

Ganga Expressway Phase 1 Ganga Expressway Phase 2 (400 km additional extension)
Meerut Prayagraj
Amroha Varanasi
Bulandshahr Baliia
Rae Bareli

The 602-km expressway will be constructed in two phases. Starting near Bijauli village in Meerut connecting up to Judapur Dandu village in Prayagraj, the Ganga Expressway will cover many districts, through major cities and villages, mentioned in the list above. The Ganga expressway village list includes 519 villages. The Ganga expressway district list comprises 12 districts in total.

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Under Phase II, the route of expressway will also stretch towards Tigri near Garhmukteshwar to the Uttarakhand border near Haridwar.

Ganga Expressway route map

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Ganga Expressway

Check the Ganga Expressway route map 2021, from Meerut to Prayagraj, that shows village details and other locations the project will cover.

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Ganga Expressway project: Features and details

The Ganga Expressway is a greenfield, six-lane expressway project is being developed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), an authority set up by the Uttar Pradesh government to develop expressway projects across the state. The ganga express highway will cover 12 districts in the state of Uttar Pradesh and link 519 villages. The project will have an airstrip in Shahjahanpur for emergency landings and industrial clusters along the route and public utilities at nine places.

The expressway will be expandable to an eight-lane expressway, with a maximum speed limit of 120 kms per hour for vehicles. A 1-km bridge has been proposed along the expressway over river Ganga and another 720-metre bridge over river Ramganga. There will be a total of nine public convenience centres, 381 underpasses, 14 major bridges, 126 minor bridges, 929 culverts, 7 ROBs, 28 flyovers and 8 diamond interchanges along the expressway. Railway overbridges will have a width of 120 metres.

Two main toll plazas will be set up in Meerut and Prayagraj and there will be 15 ramp toll plazas along the Ganga Expressway route. About 18,55,000 saplings will be planted along the Ganga expressway route for environmental protection. Solar power will be utilised for producing energy on the land acquired for the project.

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Ganga Expressway: Project cost

The Ganga Expressway project will be developed at a cost of around Rs 36,230 crores. It will be implemented in four groups (each having three packages). The cost of the civil works is estimated to be Rs 22,125 crores while Rs 9,255 crores has been estimated for buying the land.

A 30-year agreement has been signed for the project to be developed on the PPP (Public-private partnership) model.

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Ganga Expressway: Timeline

Dates Event
January 2019 Ganga Expressway project revived.
September 2019 Alignments prepared. Consultant appointed to prepare detailed project report.
February 2020 Rs 2,000 crores allocated for the construction of the expressway.
March 2021 Land acquisition begins for the first phase of the Ganga express highway project.
December 2021 PM laid the foundation stone of the Ganga expressway
June 2025 Phase I of the expressway to become operational.

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Ganga Expressway land acquisition

As per the official statement by the UP government on December 14, 2021, around 94% of land has been purchased from 82,720 farmers for the Ganga express highway in one year, despite the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. Around 7386 hectares of land is required for the express way project wherein over 90% of land has been purchased from 71,621 farmers in the past four months.

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About 9% of the land in between Prayagraj and Meerut had to be cleared for constructing the Ganga Expressway. A survey was also conducted by the SR Asia Agency, regarding the harmful impact of the Expressway on the life and livelihoods of the local people. It was also said that the people affected by the Expressway would be compensated and rehabilitated. However, on the completion of the survey, the results indicated that although the villagers were affected by the construction of the Ganga Expressway, it would bring about considerable development in the villages and surrounding areas. The villagers also believed that the construction of the Ganga Expressway would create employment opportunities.

Ganga Expressway: Harmful impacts

While it is true that the Ganga Expressway would bring about considerable development in villages, its construction is also expected to affect around 1,024 villages. The exact number of villages that would be affected was not mentioned by the government until Kamalesh Singh asked the same through the RTI Act. The construction of the Ganga Expressway is also said to affect around 14,000 hectares of land and thereby, reduce crop production, affecting the livelihood of several farmers. However, surveys conducted reveal that the villagers are willing to compromise their land, hoping for positive developments that would be brought about by the Expressway.

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Ganga Expressway latest news and current status

June 7, 2021

If reports are to be believed, the construction process on the Ganga Expressway has already begun, at Meerut’s Bijnauli, where the road will pass over the Kali river for which the alignment has already been decided. Currently, land acquisition for the Ganga expressway is underway in the area completion date is June 30, 2021. Around 8.5 lakh sq metres of land is being acquired from the farmers for the construction of the expressway.

April 15, 2021

The National Highways Authority of India has now planned to link the Delhi-Meerut Expressway arm with the Ganga Expressway. It will branch out near Modi Nagar at Zainuddinpur village from Dasna-Meerut section of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project. This will be a 14-km section, which will give direct access to travellers moving from western to eastern UP. According to the NHAI, this connection will end at Jahidpur in Meerut, which is along the NH-235, to be extended to the Ganga Expressway, another 16-km offshoot. The total expenses to construct this section will be Rs 524 crores.


Where is Ganga Expressway?

The proposed Ganga Expressway is in Uttar Pradesh and will be a six-lane greenfield expressway.

Which is longest expressway in India?

Once completed, the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg will be the longest expressway in India, at 701 kms.

What will be total length of the Ganga Expressway?

Ganga Expressway will have a length of 594 kms.

What districts will be connected by Ganga Expressway?

Ganga Expressway will connect many districts of Uttar Pradesh like Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahar, Sambhal, Amroha, Hardoi, Badaun, Unnao, Shahjahanpur, Prayagraj (Allahabad) and Rai Bareli.

How many villages will be connected by Ganga Expressway?

Ganga Expressway will connect 519 villages in Uttar Pradesh.

What is the proposed speed of vehicles on Ganga Expressway?

The proposed maximum speed of vehicles on Ganga Expressway will be 120 km per hour.

What will be the project cost of constructing Ganga Expressway?

According to Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEDIA), the project cost of Ganga Expressway will be Rs 36,000-Rs 42,000 crore.

(With inputs from Surbhi Gupta)

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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