The Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority, popularly known by its acronym UPEIDA was set up under U.P Industrial Area Development Act, 1976. UPEIDA act as a Nodal Agency for implementation of Expressway projects in the State entrusted by GoUP. Presently, GoUP has entrusted UPEIDA to implement two Greenfield Access Controlled Expressway projects on Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) mode.
In order to add a new dimension to the progress of Uttar Pradesh, Government took a historic decision to implement the “Agra to Lucknow 6 Lane Access Controlled Expressway (Greenfield) Project” on Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) mode. This Greenfield Expressway project is 302.22 km long and shall pass through Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kannauj, Kanpur Nagar, Unnao, Hardoi and Lucknow districts. It will be the longest Access Controlled Expressway in the Country till date and the expected travel time from Agra to Lucknow shall be reduced to 4 hours. The present width of the Expressway will be 6 lanes (expandable upto 8 lanes with all structured as 8 lanes) with a design speed of 120 km per hour. The Expressway shall have provision of interchanges for main roads, underpasses for pedestrians and animals, green belt as per IRC: SP: 21-2009 specifications and service road. Provision has also been made for rest areas, petrol pumps, service stations and restaurants etc. at two places on either side of the Expressway.
The benefits that will be accrued with the implementation of this top most priority project of Uttar Pradesh are, Accelerated Convenient transportation between Western Uttar Pradesh and State Capital Lucknow, significant savings in fuel and better pollution control, social and economic development of the areas covered under the Project, encouragement to agriculture, commerce, tourism & industrial development, accelerated business facilities among important cities like, Agra, Firozabad, Etawah, Kannauj, Auraiya, Kanpur Nagar and Lucknow, conducive for development of agriculture producing areas of Etawah and Mainpuri as well as Growth Centres and Industrial units for various products of the areas covered under the project as an Industrial Corridor.
This Expressway shall also catalyse development and setting up Handlooms, Food Processing, Cold Storages, Warehousing and Milk based industries and will also provide opportunities for setting up new Industrial Training Institutes, Educational Institutes, Medical Institutes and possibilities of establishment of New Satellite/Smart Cities shall increase. Inauguration of this expressway has been done 21.11.2016.
Besides this Expressway Project, UPEIDA is also implementing another Access Controlled Expressway Project named the “ Purvanchal Expressway Project”on EPC mode. This Expressway Project has been conceived as a critical high speed access controlled road infrastructure between Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the State Capital of Lucknow. This project is connected with Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Yamuna Expressway (already operational) connecting Lucknow, Agra and Greater Noida. This greenfield Expressway project will ensure a high speed access controlled road infrastructure linking the National Capital Delhi and the adjoining areas, (together referred to as the National Capital Region (NCR)), to the hitherto under developed districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh and usher in a rapid development and overall prosperity in a short span of time.
This 353.46 KM long 6 lane (expandable to 8 lane with all structures as 8 lane) Access Controlled expressway project shall pass through 9 districts of the State i.e. Lucknow, Barabanki, Faizabad. Amethi, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. The Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the 8 Packages had an overwhelming response. Request for Proposals (RFP) documents are issued to 11 shortlisted RFQ applicants & soon to enable them to participate in the Second stage of the Bid Process.