UP Government Plans Industrial Expansion Along Its Expressway Network To Aid State’s $1 Trillion Economy Vision

Swarajya Staff

Jul 08, 2024, 02:04 PM | Updated 02:04 PM IST

The state currently has an operational network of 1,225 km. (Illustration: Swarajya Magazine)
The state currently has an operational network of 1,225 km. (Illustration: Swarajya Magazine)

To support the goal of transforming Uttar Pradesh into a trillion-dollar economy, the Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) plans to invest Rs 8,000 crore in developing industrial corridors along the state's extensive expressway network.

Reports indicate that 1,812 hectares of land, valued at Rs 3,200 crore, have been acquired at 25 locations under the Chief Minister Industrial Area Expansion and New Industrial Area Promotion Scheme for this project.

These corridors, spanning 29 districts at 30 locations, will be developed along six expressways, aligning with the state government's vision of turning Uttar Pradesh into 'Udyog Pradesh’, while also expected to generate thousands of jobs.

The state currently has an operational network of six expressways, totalling 1,225 km of length. Another 2,600 km of expressways are being built.

Industrial corridors will be established on both sides of the Purvanchal Expressway, Agra Lucknow Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway, and the proposed Chitrakoot Link Expressway.

This also includes the under-construction Ganga Expressway and Gorakhpur Link Expressway.

Land acquisition has begun along the Bundelkhand Expressway in Banda, Jalaun, Auraiya, Mahoba, Chitrakoot, and Hamirpur. Similarly, land is being acquired along the Ganga Expressway in Meerut, Hardoi, Sambhal, Unnao, Amroha, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Pratapgarh, Hapur, Prayagraj, and Raebareli.

Land purchases are also underway in Sultanpur, Ghazipur, Ambedkar Nagar, Barabanki, and Amethi along the Purvanchal Expressway; in Ambedkar Nagar for the Gorakhpur Link Expressway; and in Etawah for the Agra Lucknow Expressway.

The process has yet to start in Kanpur Nagar, Agra, Kannauj, and Firozabad along the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and in Lucknow for the Purvanchal Expressway, as per HT report.

The most significant land acquisitions have been in Meerut, Sambhal, Unnao, and Hardoi.

These expressways have brought a quiet transformation to the state, once notorious for its poor road infrastructure, and have opened up opportunities for industrial expansion.

Recent reports indicate that the state has received project proposals worth approximately Rs 40,038 crore, supported by a new policy encouraging semiconductor manufacturing and attracting global investments.

Talks are also underway with Japan’s Marubeni Corporation to establish next-generation industrial parks based on this model.

The government's total target is to acquire 5,598 hectares to advance this initiative.

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