Unnao, Nov 21: IAF Mirage 2000 jets touched down at the six lane Agra-Lucknow Greenfield expressway in Unnao, which was inaugurated by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today.
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was also present on the occasion.
The 302 kms expressway, which is expected to reduce travel time between Delhi and Lucknow by around 5-6 hours, was completed in a record 23 months time.
Starting from Agra the expressway will pass through Ferozabad, Mainpuri, Etawa, Auraiya, Kannauj, Hardoi, Kanpur and Unnao, before reaching Lucknow.
The key feature of the project is that the 3500 hectares of land, which was spread over 232 villages, was aquired for this was done with the consent of farmers.
The government has also given an assurance that 3 lakh trees displaced during the project would be re-planted.
Ironically, chief secretary Navneet Sehgal, who is responsible for the swift completion of the project, met with an accident on Novenber 18 and is undergoing treatment at Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital.