- A formal announcement is likely to be made on November 25.
- Yamuna expressway is a 6-lane, 165km long highway connecting Greater Noida to Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
- Previously, Lucknow’s Ekana International Cricket Stadium was also renamed on November 2018 as the ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’.
Another project in Yogi Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh may soon be renamed after the former Prime Minister of India. According to one of the leading news agencies, the UP government is reportedly considering to change the name of the Yamuna Expressway. According to the report, there is a proposal to rename the Yamuna Expressway after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
According to several other sources, the Yamuna Expressway would be renamed on November 25 during the foundation-laying ceremony of the Noida International Airport near Jewar and thus an official announcement on the name of the Yamuna Expressway would be made during the inaugural ceremony.
For the unversed, the Yamuna Expressway, often known as the Taj Expressway, was the first expressway completed in Uttar Pradesh, beginning under BSP supremo Mayawati’s tenure. This highway, however, could not be completed during Mayawati’s tenure. It was later opened by then CM of UP, Akhilesh Yadav on August 9, 2012, three months after the formation of Akhilesh Yadav’s government. This highway was constructed by the Jaypee Group.
It is a 165-kilometer-long, 6-lane highway connecting Greater Noida to Agra. The highway has costed more over Rs 14,000 crore to build.
Yamuna Expressway is not the first project in Uttar Pradesh to be named after the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. Previously, UP government renamed the Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow as the ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’ on November 2018, shortly after Vajpayee’s death.
Meanwhile, CM Yogi will travel to Jewar today to assess the progress of the airport’s preparations. He will tour the location and hold a review meeting with the officials.
PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar, on November 25 at 1 p.m. According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Uttar Pradesh would become India’s only state with five international airports.
According to a press release issued by the PMO, “The development of the airport is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector. A special focus of this grand vision has been on the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under construction international airport at Ayodhya.”
This will be the second international airport to open in the Delhi NCR. It will aid in the decongestion of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The airport is centrally positioned and will serve residents of Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Agra, Aligarh, Faridabad, and nearby areas.