AGRA: Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari on Saturday inaugurated the 33 km long four-lane Agra bypass project.
He laid the foundation of three other projects including the six lane expansion work of the 124 km Agra-Etawah stretch on National highway, which would be completed at a cost of Rs 1,664 crore, reports The Times of India.
According to information, four lane Agra bypass, starting from Raipura Jat (NH-2) in Agra and ending at Badh village, Gwalior road (NH-3), was to be completed by Oct 2010 at a cost of Rs 385 crores. However, due to the delay the project cost had escalated to Rs 450 crore.
The bypass is expected to ease traffic in the Taj city, as vehicles travelling between Delhi-Jaipur would be diverted on them. With heavy vehicles using the bypass, pollution levels in the city are also likely to drop.