Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya were also present at the inauguration event.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "This is an important infra project that will improve connectivity across Uttar Pradesh. It will also boost economic development and tourism."
According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the inspiration behind Ganga Expressway is the vision of the Prime Minister to provide fast-paced connectivity across the country.
The 594-km long six-lane expressway will be built at a cost of over Rs 36,200 crore.
Starting near Bijauli village in Meerut, the expressway will extend till near Judapur Dandu village in Prayagraj. It will pass through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj.
Upon completion of work, it will become the longest expressway of Uttar Pradesh, connecting the western and eastern regions of the state.
A 3.5-km-long air-strip for assisting emergency take-off and landing of Air Force planes will also be constructed on the expressway in Shahjahanpur. An industrial corridor is also proposed to be built along the expressway.
The expressway will also give a fillip to multiple sectors, including industrial development, trade, agriculture, tourism etc. It will provide a big boost to the socio-economic development of the region.
Ganga Expressway was approved on November 26, 2020. It will be completed by 2024.
The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are slated for early next year.