Recently, I had an opportunity to drive down the full stretch of 302 k.m of the much talked about Lucknow-Agra expressway in an unbelievable time of almost 3 hrs.It was really like 'seeing is believing'. Undoubtedly the expressway is of international standard and is no less than an infrastructural feat.
The very concept of this expressway was conceived by the previous govt.led by Akhilesh Yadav and was also executed as an mission during his reign in a record period of almost 3 yrs..this is by all standard is a mega achievement and the govt.has all the right to boast about it.In a state like Uttar Pradesh & because of the multi level socio-political reasons it is not an easy task to implement (surveying,acquiring land,tendering and constructing)an infrastructural project right from the scratch in an estimated period.unforeseen eventualities are the integral part of such projects and of course they are far too many.Hats off to the strong determination & willpower of the previous govt but for it the project would not have in to existence.
Besides being an infrastructural feat it also has great socio-econnomic impact on the normal lives of the people of this area.It has connected not so easily accessible districts like Kannauj, Mainpuri and Farrukhabad to the mainstream and traveling to these places have become so easy & comfortable.
Though the announcement of construction of this expressway was solely to give a befitting political reply to the much hyped and talked about Yamuna expressway from Noida to Agra on PPP model by his predecessor govt.led by Mayawati, but these political competitiveness has always done a lot good to the people of the state ultimately,which we find in the form of Lucknow-Agra expressway.
We should only hope that present govt.also vows to take up a new mega infrastructural project like Poorvanchal expressway and exhibits the political willpower to complete it during their tenure.this will be a real test of their dedication and vision to a more developed u.p.
But Lucknow--Agra expressway is an YEOMAN'S SERVICE to the people of u.p. by the previous govt.The spirit behind it must be appreciated.
(Author is Retd. Army Officer and served bureaucracy as IAS Officer)
Lucknow-Agra Expressway an YEOMAN'S SERVICE to the people of UP