After facing various hurdles and witnessing fiercest agitations by the farmers that even led to police firing that killed a half dozen people, the Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway was finally opened and inaugurated by Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 9th August 2012. The Expressway has thus slashed down the traveling time between Noida and Agra to half of the time that was taken earlier. Also, the travelers will be happy to note that no charges will apply and they can have the toll free ride till 15th August.
The 165 km highway with 6 lanes links Greater Noida with Agra. Also, with the opening up of the Expressway, now the UPSRTC or Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation will launch the bus services very soon to Agra and Mathura. After getting the permission from the senior officials, the team of roadways people, Greater Noida is presently undertaking the survey to know passenger needs and frequency of the bus services to these two destinations.
On possible extension of the highway till Lucknow, the Executive Chairman, JP Group, Majoj Gaur reported that the group has been ready to carry on the project if they are given the chance by the government. He declared that no amount or charges will be levied till August 15, 2012. Also, he said that the integrated complex will be developed along the highway under Social Upliftment Trust.
Yamuna Expressway Toll Charges
The Yamuna Expressway project was actually conceptualized in the year 2003 which took total 9 years to get it completed. The expressway has 3 main toll plazas as well as 6 inter changes. More so, the speed limit decided is 100 Km/hour. After 15th August, the commuters will be required to pay Rs 320 for car drivers for the one way trip as well as Rs 150 for the two wheeler passengers.