Yamuna Expressway may be renamed after Vajpayee: BJP's plan ahead of UP polls

Published on Nov 23, 2021 10:15 AM IST

The announcement is expected to be made by PM Modi when he lays the foundation for Jewar airport on November 25, reported Livehindustan. The airport is a key infrastructure project of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.

The Yamuna Expressway connects Noida to Agra.(HT File Photo/Burhaan Kinu)
The Yamuna Expressway connects Noida to Agra.(HT File Photo/Burhaan Kinu)
By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Yogi Adityanath government may change the name of Yamuna Expressway, Hindustan Times' sister publication Livehindustan reported. The road connecting Noida near Delhi to Agra is expected to be named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, according to Livehindustan.

The renaming can be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he lays the foundation stone for Jewar airport on November 25, reported Livehindustan.

The renaming exercise is being seen as a political move ahead of the elections due in Uttar Pradesh early next year. According to Livehindustan, naming the Yamuna Expressway after Vajpayee is an attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - which is aiming to return to power - to woo the Brahmin voters.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath will inspect the site where PM Modi will visit and review the security arrangements.

The Prime Minister will address a rally after the foundation laying ceremony. Preparations are on in full swing for his visit.

Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), the agency engaged in the preparations, has levelled 135,000 square metres of agricultural land, set up three makeshift tents for the audience, carved out seven parking lots to accommodate vehicles, and will soon complete the work on four helipads.

According to political analysts, the laying of the Jewar airport’s foundation stone will be the biggest event in western Uttar Pradesh, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior party leaders, before the state goes to polls in 2022.

The airport is a key infrastructure project of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.

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