AGRA (Metro Rail News): UPMRC’s Agra Metro Rail project got the green signal from the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. It is a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) project of Agra which is the 3rd largest city of Uttar Pradesh. It is expected that around 20 lakh population will be benefitted through this vast network of Metro expansion by Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation. UPMRC has already successfully completed, executed & implemented the Lucknow Metro project in a record time of less than 4 years 6 months.
Detailed Project Report for the Agra Metro Project was approved by Union Cabinet on 28th February, 2019. On 8th March 2019, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India laid down the foundation stone of the project via video conferencing. It was an auspicious occasion not only for the Agra Metro project but also for Lucknow Metro which commenced the commercial operations on the entire North-South corridor (from CCS Airport to Munshipulia) on the same day.
Hon’ble Supreme Court had appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to undertake the impact of the Agra Metro Project from environmental consideration. Chairman and Members of CEC visited Agra Metro Project on 15th – 16th January 2020 and conducted a very detailed inspection of the total alignment of the project.
CEC in his report dated 10th February, 2020 to Hon’ble Supreme Court was satisfied with the implementation strategy and measures being taken by UPMRC in implementing the Agra Metro Project and recommended the same very positively for necessary consideration and approval of Hon’ble Supreme Court.
Hon’ble Supreme Court in his decision after hearing the petition filed by UPMRC (formerly known as Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation) on 14th July, 2020 and after considering the Report of CEC has permitted UPMRC to proceed with the implementation of Agra Metro Rail Project in the city of Agra as the approved project by Govt. of India and Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
The Agra Metro project is worth Rs 8,379.62 crores having 2 Corridors – ‘Sikandra to Taj East Gate’ of 14km route length & ‘Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar’ of 15.4km. The Corridor 1- ‘Sikandra to Taj East Gate’ will comprise 13 Metro stations with 6 Elevated & 7 Underground.
Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, UPMRC stated that entire UPMRC team will not leave any stone unturned in delivering this world-class transport project for the city of Agra in the shortest possible time and will fully comply with the recommendations of CEC while implementing this prestigious project as per the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court.
UPMRC has been preparing and planning design works for the project which is now in an advanced stage. UPMRC, with its outstanding track the record will now take up the physical works at the site at a fast pace and complete the project in time which will provide environment friendly and hassle-free access to major residential & commercial areas of the city as well as easy connectivity to major historical sites like the Taj Mahal and The Agra Fort.