Agra: The much-awaited Metro rail’s detailed project report (DPR) has been submitted to the Agra Development Authority by engineering consultancy firm Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES). According to officials, the report will be studied by the department and suggestions, if any, for making changes would be given to the consultant. Following this process, the DPR would be sent to the state government for approval.
According to the report, three-coach trains will make 136 trips per day (in a single direction) on Corridor One, from Sikandra (Akbar’s tomb) to Taj Mahal via Agra Fort, and 160 trips on Corridor Two, Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar. Both corridors will have 15 stations each.
There are some changes in the DPR from the feasibility report submitted in September. In the first corridor, the consultant has removed the station at Hing Ki Mandi and instead proposed for one at Shastri Nagar. Likewise, in the second corridor, they have added a station at Sur Sadan while removing the Nehru Nagar stop.
While the first corridor has seven underground stations and eight elevated ones, the second line will be above ground. The longest inter-station distance is between Agra Cantt and Sadar bazar (1.928 km), while the shortest is between Agra College and Medical College (0.58km).
The location of the stations has been finalized following sites visits and detailed discussions with Agra commissioner, senior officials of the district administration and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation.
The interchange stations will be built at Agra College for Corridor One and St John’s College for Corridor Two.
According to DPR altogether 210 acres of land would be required for building stations, depots and other facilities. Moreover, a total of 159 structures, mostly commercials, will be affected by the Metro construction.
The next step after government’s approval to the DPR would be the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – Agra Metro Rail Corporation – for completion of the project.
An SPV is a legal body formed to complete a specific project. Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, which has been formed to oversee work in the state capital, is an SPV.
The Metro project would be built at a cost of Rs 200 crore per kilometre for the elevated sections, and Rs 450 crore per kilometre for the underground stretch, according to ADA.