Overwhelming response to Ganga Expressway project, claims UP govt.

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Lucknow, Dec 19 (UNI) Discounting opposition's hue and cry on implementation of 'Ganga Expressway' project, the Uttar Pradesh government today sounded elated over the very positive response from the industrial developers, which included some of the foreign construction majors.

The State's biggest and most ambitious infrastructure project, Ganga Expressway includes developing 8 Lane Access Controlled Expressway of the length of about 1047 kms, from Greater Noida to Ballia on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model along the left bank of river Ganga. The estimated total construction cost of the order of Rs 30000 crores.

After initial scrutiny from the expressions of interest received, the UP government has short listed 18 companies or consortia to award the unique multi-purpose work which involves development of various industrial, commercial, educational and agriculture based projects running about one thousand kms along the River Ganges extending from Ballia in the east to Noida in the west.

The pre bids would be organised on December 22.

The allied and regional developmental projects linked with the main project are likely to attract private investment to the tune of Rs 80,000 crore , an official spokesman told UNI here.

Allaying all apprehensions of farmers being given a raw deal in acquisition of land, the government today made it clear that never before any project of such magnitude has been planned which proposes to develop ten mega development regions-of five thousand acres each, industries on ten thousand acres, educational institutions on 1500 acres besides basic infrastructure with ultra-modern bus terminals, hospitals, shopping malls etc.'' It would give impetus to progress of development-starved eastern region by providing great employment opportunities,'' sources said.

The developers short listed to execute it included foreign construction giants Plus Expressway from Malaysia, Galfar, Ashoka , Sadbhav conglomerate, Leighton India, Oriental Structural Engg, Ssang Young and Yougraj and SNC Lavalin as well as JP associates, Punj Lloyd, Reliance Energy, Unitech, Gammon, Bajaj and Omaxe .

As many as 19 districts- Rae Bareli, Unnao, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Pratapgarh, Allahabad, Farrukhabad, Badaun, Ballia, Bhadohi, Bulandshahar, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Etah, Kannuaj, Kanpur (Dehat), Kanpur (Nagar) , Kaushambi and Mirzapur- situated on the bank of river Ganges would be benefited from the project which is proposed to be comprised of infrastructural projects, flood control measures, Wet land Reclamation and other regional developmental measures.

According to industries department sources, the project has been envisaged as a major source to generate employment and ten lakh jobs would be created over the next few years in consonance with the development of project.

''Once the main project is commissioned in three years time from now, the distance from far East to Delhi would be reduced to 10-12 hours,''the sources claimed.

In addition to the Ganga Expressway, another 'Network of Expressways', to be built along different rivers altimately to cater to the large population of the state. ''Flood Control on the river wasteland , its treatment, construction of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Industrial Parks and Townships are the other activities which would ensure development, regional progress and huge potential for employment opportunities,'' the spokesman added.

UNI

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