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Uttar Pradesh, circa 2017

On 21 November 2016, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and father of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, inaugurated the 326 kilometre (km) Agra–Lucknow Expressway, completed in a record time of 22 months. The official inauguration was also marked by a touchdown of six Indian Air Force planes—Mirage and Sukhoi—on a 3.5 km stretch of the highway prepared as a runway. Among the many other firsts that the expressway achieved was also the fact that the land for it was acquired in only six months without major hurdles and protests.

Development Impasse in UP

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