The Union Transport Ministry has expedited the ₹5,000 crore Ghaziabad-Kanpur economic corridor, directing NHAI to submit the DPR as quickly as possible to enable financial approval. The 380 km expressway will be a greenfield access-controlled economic corridor that connects Ghaziabad and Kanpur, with its northern terminal expected to be located on NH-9 (Ghaziabad-Hapur highway) and the southern between Kanpur-Unnao, on the upcoming 62.7 km Kanpur-Lucknow expressway. The corridor will pass through nine districts - Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Kasganj, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, and Unnao and Kanpur. It will be a 4-lane road with provisions for extension to six lanes at underpasses and crossings of waterways.
Currently, there are no routes connecting Kanpur and Ghaziabad, and it takes around six hours to drive on the Yamuna Expressway between Ghaziabad and Kanpur, while those travelling on NH-9 need at least eight hours. The greenfield corridor will bring down travel time between the two cities to just three hours, and with the construction of the road, an alternative route will be available to the people of western UP to go to Lucknow and Kanpur.