The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has identified five sites to develop industrial parks along the newly built and under-construction expressways in the state, reports The Indian Express.
In the first phase, the industrial parks will be built in Agra’s Buhana village, which is located at the intersection of the Yamuna Expressway and the Agra-Lucknow Expressway; Hargaon village in Firozabad along the Agra-Lucknow Expressway; and Mohabbatpur in Mainpuri district along the same highway. The other two places identified are Bara village in Barabanki, along the Purvanchal Expressway; and Pohara village in Chitrakoot, along the Bundelkhand Expressway.
Beside industrial parks, the state government has also decided to develop land banks along the expressways and highways in the state.
“The land banks will be utilised for setting up industrial units in the future on the demand of entrepreneurs. Setting up industrial units along these two expressways (Agra-Lucknow and Purvanchal) will help transport goods within ten to twelve hours across any corner of the state,” a government spokesperson said.
When Yogi Adityanath came to power in 2017, Uttar Pradesh had two functional expressways — the 165-kilometre-long Yamuna Expressway, which links Agra with the National Capital Region, and the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, stretching 302 km. These projects were completed over a period of nine years between 2008 and 2017.
But when it completes five years in office in 2022, less than 15 months from now, the Yogi Adityanath government would have finished work on three expressways — the 340-km-long Purvanchal Expressway, the 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway and the 91-km-long Gorakhpur Link Expressway. Work on the state’s sixth and longest, the 594-km-long Ganga Expressway, would have begun by then.
When all the expressways that Uttar Pradesh is working on are complete, almost every second district of the state will have an expressway passing through it.
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