Four Sukhoi jets and four Mirage 2000s will land on India’s longest Agra-Lucknow Expressway as it opens to the public in Uttar Pradesh on November 21. The fighter jets will also release coloured smoke representing the Indian tricolour.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will open the expressway at Unnao near Lucknow.
The Rs 13,200-crore Greenfield Expressway, which was completed in 23 months, will provide a direct link to Agra from the Yamuna Expressway.
The expressway will not only have an automatic traffic management system to deal with fog and reduce road accidents but also features an eight-lane bridge across river Ganga.
On November 18, a fighter jet practised on the expressway’s 3.3 km stretch for landings as part of a Defence Ministry plan for emergencies when military air fields are not available.
The expressway, which will become operational in December, will expand to 8-lane would start from Agra and reach Lucknow via Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Oraia, Kannauj, Hardoi, Kanpur Nagar and Unnao. It would reduce travel time between Agra and Lucknow to three and half hours and between Lucknow and Delhi to 5 to 6 hours.
The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority, which is spread across more than 232 villages of 10 districts, was acquired from 30,000 farmers in a friendly manner.