The six-lane Yamuna Expressway (erstwhile Taj expressway) is all set to get ready for commuting before the Commonwealth Games. The project, scheduled for completion by April 2013, is being speeded up on orders of CM Mayawati who wants CWG visitors to get a fast ride to Agra, which will cut Delhi-Agra travel time by an hour and ease congestion on the Mathura Road route.
UP C.M. Mayawati had met officials of JP Infratech, the project builders, and asked them to make sure that the stretch is ready for traffic by September 30.
It is not yet clear how much toll will ultimately be charged for the use of the Yamuna expressway or the Noida-Greater Noida expressway. An aggregate of five toll plazas are planned to be stationed on the Yamuna Expressway, where the construction work is going on a war-scale these days. The entire land has been acquired for the purpose, and the J.P.Group is expected to have five townships along the proposed expressway in five years.
However, the ambitious projects of “Formula One” racing and “safari” may take longer for completion, as the primary objective these days is to complete the six lane expressway to reduce the commuting time to Agra.
The Taj expressway is being built from Pari Chowk in Greater Noida to Agra. The primary objective for now is to reduce the time taken to reach Agra from Pari Chowk in Greater Noida to two hours. But many of the facilities cannot be completed before the Games and hence the time taken could be closer to three hours.
According to officials, the six-lane Taj expressway will benefit Greater Noida and other NCR residents to get a fast link to Agra, Aligarh, Mathura and Hathras. However, as per the project contract, the 21.5 km Greater Noida expressway will be handed over to JP Infratech and will become a toll road with the opening of the 165km Taj expressway.