Work on the 165 km long Yamuna Expressway (formerly Taj Expressway) between Greater Noida and Agra in Uttar Pradesh is to begin within a fortnight as the process of land acquisition by Jaiprakash Associates is now complete.
The new expressway will cut down travel time between Delhi and Agra by at least one hour.
The decision to build a new international airport at Jevar, half way between Agra and Greater Noida, will help accelerate economic development of the whole region and give a big boost to tourism, according to businessmen in Agra.
The Yamuna Expressway Authority has given the green signal to develop industrial clusters at half a dozen places.
The expressway passing through the districts of Gautam Buddha Nagar, Aligarh, Mahamaya Nagar (Hathras), Mathura and Agra will come up on land belonging to 115 village panchayats.
A series of under-ways, fly-overs and over-bridges will ensure that motorists can drive at a speed of upto 120 kmph.
According to information provided by the authority, there will be a limited number of road crossings, over 50 over-bridges or fly-overs, pedestrian crossings at over 60 points, at least two dozen locations for public conveniences and pay phone booths, puncture/automobile repair shops, and cold drinks kiosks.
Lalit Srivastav, chairman of the authority, has told engineers that the expressway should not have any speed breakers.
The project promoters are keen that the Yamuna Expressway should be ready much before the coming Commonwealth Games in 2010.
The Jaiprakash group has already secured the contract to build a 1,047-km-long expressway connecting Greater Noida to Ballia in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The Mayawati government named all the three expressways - Ganga Expressway, Yamuna Expressway and Hindon Expressway - after rivers.
The 250-km-long Hindon Expressway will pass through Ghaziabad and Saharanpur upto Dehradun in Uttarakhand. All the three Expressways will converge at Greater Noida.