It is true that infrastructure serves as the backbone for the real estate sector of any region and the landscape of Western Uttar Pradesh’s realty sector is expected to achieve newer heights as the much awaited Agra – Lucknow Expressway has been formally inaugurated. With the rising demand for tier 2 & 3 regions, this infrastructural development will allow untapped regions of the Western U.P. to come into the limelight and further promote the real estate prospects in those regions. Apart from developing various regions along the expressway, this roadway will also allow the commuters to save a lot of time while travelling and also help in decongesting the traffic on the alternate route.
The Agra – Lucknow Expressway will now serve as a seamless connecting link not only between Agra and Lucknow but also between Delhi and Lucknow. The travel time between Agra and Lucknow has been reduced from the usual 7 hours to 3 hours now and between Delhi and Lucknow has been reduced from the usual 9 hours to an astonishing 6 hours for now making it almost equivalent to rail travel. The entire stretch which is 6 lanes broad, spans over a distance of 302 Kms and has been built in a record time of 23 months by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) at a cost of INR 13, 200 crores which was stipulated to go as high as INR 15, 000 crores.
The expressway is designed to support speeds up to 120 Kms per hour and will have automatic traffic management systems aimed at reducing road accidents and helping even at the time of dense fog. There are plans to expand this expressway into 8 lanes and in order to facilitate this, all the bridges and underpasses have been made 8 lanes. This will also help avoid traffic congestions and bottlenecks. It also includes 4 rail over bridges, 57 minor bridges, 13 major bridges, 9 flyovers, 148 pedestrian underpasses and 74 vehicular underpasses. This expressway will be connected to the much hyped Yamuna Expressway via an Agra Ring Road. It covers 10 districts, 236 villages and 3, 500 hectares of land. It connects Agra and Lucknow via Shikohabad, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kannauj, Kanpur Nagar, Unnao and Hardoi. Highlighting the connectivity feature even further, the expressway passes through 2 State and 4 National Highways, and 5 major rivers namely; Ganga, Yamuna, Isan, Sai and Kalyani. A green belt is also being developed on the sides of the Agra – Lucknow Expressway by planting trees on either sides and plants in the median as well. There are provisions of a 3.3 Kms dedicated stretch which has been purposefully built on the expressway for jets to land and take-off in times of ‘war-like emergencies’.
Boost To Realty
With the saturation of major tier 1 cities in NCR, stakeholders, developers and buyers are looking out for options in tier 2 & 3 cities. The development in those regions is bound to be better as they are gifted with modern day architecture, equipments and manpower. Even in case of Agra – Lucknow Expressway, development along the corridor will allow the realty prospects to increase manifolds over the years. As the movement and footfall on the expressway will increase, the realty sector will chip in gradually; as was the case of Yamuna Expressway as well.
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