New Delhi: Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government is likely to rename the Yamuna Expressway after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, suggest media reports. The political slugfest over expressways in UP can really intensify in the coming days with this development. 

According to a report in Livehindustan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to rename Yamuna Expressway and make a formal announcement on November 25, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Noida International Airport in Jewar.

Meanwhile, UP chief minister’s office has denied any proposal to change the name of the expressway. 

Earlier, the UP government had renamed the Ekana International Cricket Stadium in the state capital Lucknow as ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’ in November 2018, soon after Vajpayee’s demise. 

The Yamuna Expressway has a length of 165 kilometres and is six-lane wide. The highway was inaugurated on August 9, 2012, by then CM of the state Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party. 

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