The Ganga Expressway Road Development Project: 5 Highlights

The 594 km long Ganga Expressway, a 6-lane wide (expandable to 8) expressway in Uttar Pradesh, will be the longest built under the DFBOT (design, finance, build, and operate) scheme. The expressway will connect Meerut to Prayagraj (erstwhile Allahabad).

A Gateway to the World-Famous Kumbh Mela:

The ambitious Ganga Expressway project was inaugurated in December 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2024. The expressway will run parallel alongside the river Ganga and connect the state’s west and east regions. It will pass through 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh, namely (from west to east), Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Raebareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj. It will connect Bijauli village near Kharkhauda on NH-334 in Meerut district with Judapur Dandu village near Soraon on NH-19 in Prayagraj district. 

A Stellar Addition to an Ever-Impressive List of National Infrastructure Projects (NIP) in India:

The project will be a shining example of infrastructure development in India after completing both phases. Two private contractors (IRB and Adani Group) have won the right to execute the expressway as per the bidding rights that the UPEIDA awarded. The expressway has had special environmental clearance granted to it and is expected to serve as an artificial barrier alongside the banks of the River Ganga. The transit freeway will protect the flood-affected area in the districts it traverses. 

Highway to Economic Inclusion and MSME Growth:

The Ganga Expressway project is a greenfield project estimated to be INR 36,000 crore in value, including land acquisition cost. It will cover 140 water bodies and have seven road overbridges, 17 interchange roads, 14 big bridges, 126 minor bridges, 28 flyovers, 50 vehicle underpasses, and 946 culverts. Suffice to say, the complexity in the procurement of raw materials across hundreds of suppliers is bound to increase the project complexity. 

With special environmental clearance granted to the project, the raw material specifications and criticality of timelines will play a significant role in the successful and profitable completion of the project. The expressway is expected to cut short the travel time from Delhi to Prayagraj by almost 50%, besides providing impetus to the logistics needs of the agro-belt in the included districts.

A Digital Procurement Solutions Approach for New-Age Contractors:

As one can imagine, a project of so many moving parts needs intense coordination in procurement and the supply chain of raw materials. A single missing link in the chain results in labor inefficiency, time delays and a bloated budget. Some key takeaways for contractors and suppliers to usher in a transformation in crucial infrastructure projects:

  • Adopt a flexible, reliable and digital procurement solution to reduce the PR to PO cycle. A slight reduction in the time cycle can have a lasting impact on costs. 
  • Digital procurement enables end-to-end flexibility and transparency of the procurement chain, involving many materials like TMT bars, cement plates and ready mix concrete. 

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