UP govt announces lowest bid for Ganga Expressway project

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Lucknow, Jan 14 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government, without disclosing any name, said the lowest bid of land value to the tune of Rs 293.55 crore has been made for the Rs 30,000 crore mega Ganga Expressway Project.

While the JP Industries was reported to have given quoted the lowest bid, officials said formal announcement would be made after the cabinet approval.

State Industrial Development Commissioner (IDC) Atul Kumar Gupta told reporters here that the lowest bidder has demanded 30,000 acre of land.

Although not denying that JP Industries might be the bid winner, Mr Gupta said only after the cabinet approval could anything be said in this regard.

He said the lowest bidder has demanded 20,000 acre of land alone in the Patiali tehsil of Etah district, where the land's cirle rate is at lowest Rs 9000 per acre. The bidder has also quoted some land in the Meja tehsil of Allahabad district, where the circle rate is about Rs 3 lakh per acre.

Claiming that enough transparency was maintained throughout the bidding process, Mr Gupta said there would be no land problem as the rehabilitation programme announced by the government was mandatary for the developers.

He also made it clear that the developers would be free to use the land for development, but will have to follow the rules and regulations fixed by the government.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mayawati would lay the foundation stone of the 8-lane Ganga Expresssway project tomorrow during her 52nd birthday celebrations.


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