AGRA: The country’s longest bicycle highway between Taj Mahal and Etawah Lion Safari was unveiled on Saturday with flagging off a cycling event in which 150 cyclists from 12 states and four countries are participating.
The cycling event was flagged off by UP minister Abhishek Mishra from the safari, although its formal inauguration will be done by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at a function in Agra on Sunday afternoon, reports The Times of India.
Besides the cycle track, Yadav will dedicate many big-ticket projects like Tajganj project, inner ring road and Lalitpur Transmission System (first phase) to the public.
He will also inaugurate around 30 projects related to construction of new roads, railway over bridge and health facilities. Built at a cost of Rs 133.78 crore, UP government views this as a major initiative to boost eco-tourism in the state.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced his ‘dream’ project in December last year at the UP Bird Festival, to boost eco-tourism in the region.
The two-metre wide highway which starts from near Taj’s east gate passes by many waterbodies, canals, gardens and historical sites like Raja Bhoj ki Haveli, Bateshwar Shiva temples, Sauripur Jain temples, Jarar Chambal Safari, Nand Gaon before terminating at Etawah Lion Safari,” Omkar Jadhav, a cyclist from Mumbai, was quite impressed by one of its kind highway in the country.
“It will be a major attraction for tourists who visit Taj Mahal and nature enthusiast. As it is a dedicated track for cyclists, there will be very less chances of accidents. It will promote green and clean tourism.”