AGRA METRO (Metro Rail News): Agra Metro is a 29.40 km urban Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) under development in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, with two lines and 28 stations. RITES prepared the DPR (Detailed Project Report) for the Agra Metro Phase 1 project, which was submitted to the UP state government for clearance on June 30, 2016. The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRCL) was designated as the ‘coordinator’ in 2017 to bring all stakeholders together and get the project underway.
The project received approval from the union cabinet in February 2019, and the Supreme Court allowed the construction works in July 2020 with a set of 11 requirements that UPMRCL must meet. Construction on the first 4 kilometre segment of Phase 1 (Taj East Gate – Taj Mahal Ramp) began on December 7, 2020, with Prime Minister launching the project remotely. Its Priority Corridor is a 7-kilometer segment with six stations (3 underground and three elevated) connecting Jama Masjid and Taj East Gate.
The Agra Metro’s Priority Corridor is projected to be finished and open in June 2024, behind with its original March 2024 date. Phase 1 is scheduled to be finished in 2026. The project will be partially funded by the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh on an equal equity basis, as well as a 450 million Euro (approx. Rs. 4860 crore) loan granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in December 2021.
- Top Speed : 80 kmph
- Average Speed : 34 kmph
- Track Gauge: Standard Gauge – 1435 mm
- Electrification : 750V DC Third Rail
- Signalling : Communications-based train control (CBTC)
- Operational : 0 km
- Under Construction : 11.9 km
- Approved : 17.5 km
- Estimated Cost : 8,379.62 cr (Line-1)
- Estimated Ridership : 7.36 lakh/day (2031)
- Estimated Coaches : 87
Agra Metro Phase 1 Route Information
- Line-1 : Sikandra – Taj East Gate
- Length : 14.25 km
- Type : Elevated (6.569 km) and underground (7.681 km)
- Depot : PAC Depot (16.3 hectares)
Number of Stations : 14
- Station Names : Sikandra, Guru Ka Taal, ISBT, Shastri Nagar (future), RBS College, Raja Ki Mandi, St. John’s (Agra University), Medical College, Jama Masjid, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal (Purani Mandi), Fatehabad Road, Basai & Taj East Gate
- Line-2 : Agra Cantt. – Kalindi Vihar
- Length : 15.40 km
- Type : Elevated
- Depot : Kalindi Vihar Depot (11.9 hectares)
- Number of Stations : 15
- Station Names : Agra Cantt., Sultanpura, Sadar Bazaar, Pratap Pura (future), Collectorate, Subhash Park, St. John’s (Agra University), Hariparvat Chauraha, Sanjay Place, MG Road, Sultanganj Crossing, Kamla Nagar, Rambagh, Foundary Nagar, Mandi Samiti (Agra Mandi) & Kalindi Vihar
If everything goes as planned, the Agra Metro Rail will be operational before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Officials from the UP metro rail corporation are working hard to meet the deadline. The underground tunnelling machine recently received final testing before being used to excavate the subterranean tunnel from the Taj Mahal to Agra College and beyond.
The metro rail track will be around 30 kilometres long, with 14 kilometres first corridor running from Sikandra to the Taj Mahal and 16 Km second corridor running from Agra Cantt Railway Station to Kalindi Vihar. The UPMRC’s goal is to complete the first 6 km corridor from the Taj Mahal to Agra College, and issue the tender for the Sikandra, Guru Ka Tal, and ISBT stations soon. The lines will cross the highway and all three stations will be raised. As a result, the railings and lighting on the highway will be removed.
Due to the heavy machinery needed for the construction of the metro corridor, barricades are being built along the way, and the UPMRC will deploy two dozen marshals on NH-19 to monitor traffic during the corridor’s development. The UPMRC will also instal additional lights to help with traffic after streetlights are removed. There will also be warning signs placed 200 metres away from the building site.