Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday inaugurated the 165-km long Yamuna Expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra. While senior leader of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Ramgopal Yadav will be flagging off vehicles at the Expressway.
As per reports, the Chief Minister inaugurated the expressway via videoconference from Lucknow.
According to reports, the expressway will be open to public after 4 pm. The state government has approved toll rates at Rs 2.10 per km for cars and light motor vehicles (LMVs) with three toll plazas at 38 km, 95 km and 150 km points.
As per sources, later two more plazas would be constructed. The total length of the Expressway is 165.537 km from Greater Noida zero point till NH2 at Agra with a 100 metre width or right of way.
Sources say that there are six interchanges, 70 underpasses, 75 cart track underpasses, 41 minor bridges and 182 culverts. At five places the Expressway promoter Jaypee group will develop integrated townships on 500 hectare land each at Noida, Jaganpur, Mirzapur, Tappal (Aligarh) and Kuber(Agra).
Reports reveal that a day before the inauguration, farmers in Jikarpur village of Tappal block in Aligarh district staged protest and threatened to block the highway, asking the government to meet their demands.
As per sources, the farmers demanded that they should not be charged toll for using the expressway and also that the farmers who have not taken compensation for their land, should get their plots back.
A farmer leader said that the government had promised to fulfill our demands. He also said that after the 2010 clash between farmers and police in which four people were killed, SP leader Shivpal Yadav assured that once their government comes to power in the state, land would not be taken by force from the farmers.
And where farmers have not taken the compensation, the land would be returned, he added.