The travel between Delhi and Lucknow will soon be a breeze. According to Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, the 554 km distance between the two cities would be shortened by a new expressway. Gadkari stated on Thursday that a new highway link is in the works, which will cut the time it takes to drive between the two cities to only three and a half hours.
"We've devised a strategy to link Delhi and Lucknow. We would be able to travel between Delhi and Lucknow in three and a half hours after the new expressway (connection) is completed "Gadkari explained. The Yamuna and Taj Expressways now connect Delhi and Lucknow through Agra. The travel between the two cities takes a little over 7 hours.
In the next 10-12 days, the planned new expressway link will be officially announced. The project will be launched at a ceremony that will include Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Gadkari made the remark during a ceremony in Uttar Pradesh to launch six national highway projects. These highways, which would cost Rs 8,364 crore, will make commuting across the state much simpler.
Uttar Pradesh already boasts an extensive network of national highways and expressways, in addition to the upcoming Delhi-Lucknow Expressway. The Yamuna Expressway links Delhi and Agra, the Taj Expressway connects Agra and Lucknow, and the Delhi-Meerut Expressway connects Delhi and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.
Apart from this, a number of additional highway projects are in the works. The Ganga Expressway, for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the cornerstone this week, is one of the most important. The 594-kilometer motorway between Meerut and Prayagraj, which is being developed at a cost of 36,200 crore, would be the state's longest. The project should be finished within the next three years.