The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to start construction on the 595-km Ganga Expressway by 30 September. The Ganga Expressway will have six lanes but will be expandable up to eight. The INR 36,000 crore expressway that will connect Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj districts. Once work starts, it will take 36 months to complete the project.The project has been divided into 12 packages, which will be executed by two private concessionaires. While IRB Infrastructure Developers will execute three packages, Adani Enterprises will execute nine packages.Close to 60% of clearing and grubbing work on the project has been completed and it has got the environment and forest clearance.Like the Agra-Lucknow and Purvanchal expressways, a small stretch of the Ganga Expressway will be converted into an airstrip, for Indian Air Force fighter jets to make emergency landings. A 3.5-km runway will be developed on the expressway at Shahjahanpur.Four expressways Yamuna, Agra-Lucknow, Purvanchal and Bundelkhand are already operational in UP. Once complete, the Ganga Expressway, along with the proposed 91-km Gorakhpur Link, will complete the grid. All the expressways are interlinked.