Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said a new expressway link will be constructed to connect Delhi and Lucknow, which will reduce travel time between the two capitals to 3.5 hours. He further said that this is the beginning of a new era of smart and green highways in India.
Gadkari also said that the groundbreaking ceremony of this new proposed expressway link will be held in the coming 10-12 days in the presence of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.
Delhi and Lucknow are currently connected via the Yamuna or Taj Expressway. At present the travel time between the two cities is over 7 hours.
"We have made a plan to connect Delhi and Lucknow, after completion of the new expressway (link), we will be able to complete the distance between Delhi and Lucknow in three and a half hours," the Road Transport and Highways Minister said.
Gadkari on Thursday dedicated Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) to the public. The 82 kilometers long expressway connects Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Meerut.
Uttar Pradesh is not just a state with the largest population but it may soon become the state with the maximum number of expressways too. On Saturday last week, PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 594-km Ganga Expressway in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district. In November, he also inaugurated the 341-km-long Purvanchal Expressway, which connects Lucknow to Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.