The world's longest highway – called Ganga Expressway – will be built in India between Meerut and Prayagraj, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet decided Tuesday.
The meeting was held outside the state capital for only the second time in history. Before the meeting, Yogi Adityanath prayed at the Lord Hanuman temple and visited the Aksyavat tree. A total of 28 ministers took part in the cabinet meeting. The proposed Ganga Expressway will weave through Meerut-Amroha-Bulandshahr-Budaun-Shahjahanpur-Kannauj-Unnao-Rae Bareli-Pratapgarh and end at Prayagraj, earlier known as Allahabad. The land required for the project is estimated to be around 6,556 hectares. „It will cost approximately Rs 36,000 crore," Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said. The highway will be access-controlled and will be a four-lane expandable to six lanes.
The Indian Cabinet at the Aksyavat tree
The Ganga Expressway project was firstly launched in 2007 by then Chief Minister Mayawati but construction work has not yet started because of an order from the Allahabad High Court which asked the state and the concessionaire complete a full environmental study and obtain permission from the central government before embarking on the construction. Now the goal was achieved. Currently, approximately 1,581.4 km of expressways are operational in India. It plans to add an additional 18,637 km (11,580 mi) of expressways by 2022. The country has one of the lowest densities of expressways in the world.