Built by the JP Group, the Yamuna Expressway (also noted as the Taj Expressway): a 6-lane, 165-km-long, controlled-access driveway, linking Greater Noida in National Capital Region with the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, will be opening today. It is supposedly India’s longest six-lane expressway built at a budget of over Rs 14000 crore. The Yamuna Expressway’s inaugaration shall happen at the hands of UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today. For a car to use this expressway for a one-way trip, it would incur a cost INR 320. But the good news is, people don’t need to pay anything till 15th August. Road-Trip enthusiasts may make the best use of this stretch soon.
What comes as a blessing for travelers frequenting the two cities is, the total travel time has been brought down by fifty percent, i.e., now you can commute from New Delhi to Agra simply in two-and-a-half hours. The then UP chief minister had declared the Taj Expressway Project first way back in 2001, to avoid overcrowding at NH-2. But then she was voted out in the 2003 elections, and the project took a backseat. With Mayawati reconquering the 2007 elections, the project was re-initiated with a new name- The Yamuna Expressway.
The anticipated number of vehicles grazing the expressway on a daily basis rests around 100,000; on a pavement carriageway of width 15.70m and earthen shoulder width of 5.10m. If their ads are to be believed, this expresway shall have SOS booths and CCTV cameras at every 5kms. The expressway boasts off five main toll plazas, 35 underpasses, one railway overbridge, one major bridge, 68 cart track crossings, 183 culverts and 70 vehicular underpasses.
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