New Delhi, Feb 28 : The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Agra Metro Rail Project, having two corridors. Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, , chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said these corridors will connect major public nodes, tourist places and city cluster areas of Agra.
Implementation of Metro Rail System will result in less vehicular traffic and better movement on the roads leading to reduction in congestion, travel time, cost of journey and pollution.
The Metro Rail System will also promote transit oriented development which will lead to development of more residential and commercial complexes along the corridors.
Agra Metro Rail Project will have two corridors which will pass through heart of the city and will connect prominent tourist places including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sikandra as well as ISBT, Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station, Medical College, Agra Cant Railway Station, Collectorate, Sanjay Place and surrounding densely populated residential areas.
The length of Sikandra to Taj East Gate corridor 14.00 km, which is partly elevated and partly underground comprises of 13 Stations (6-Elevated and 7-Underground). The length of Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar corridor is 15.40 km comprising of 14 stations all elevated.
Estimated cost of the project is Rs 8,379.62 crore and project will be completed in 5 years. About 20 lakh population of the city is expected to be benefited by Agra Metro Rail Project directly and indirectly at the time of commencement of commercial operations.
The proposed corridors will be having Multimodal Integration with Railway Stations and BRTS Stations and will have feeder network of Bus, Intennediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non Motorized Transport (NMT).
The Project will have non-fare box revenue from rental and advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing (VCF) through mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
The residential areas along these Metro Rail corridors shall be immensely benefitted by this project, as the people of these areas will be able to travel on trains from their own neighborhoods to reach different areas of the city conveniently. Sikandra to Taj East Gate corridor will pass through heart of the city and will connect prominent tourist places including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sikandra as well as ISBT, Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station, Medical College etc.
Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar corridor will connect Agra Cantt Railway Station, Collectorate, Sanjay Place and surrounding densely populated residential areas. The Metro will provide eco friendly and sustainable public transport to residents, commuters, industrial workers, visitors and travelers.
'Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation', a 50:50 jointly owned Company of Govt of India and Govt of Uttar Pradesh will be reconstituted as 'Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC)' for implementation of project.
The financing of Agra Metro Rail Project will be partly from Government of India and Govt of Uttar Pradesh on equal equity basis and partly as soft loan from Bilateral/Multilateral international funding agency/agencies.
Govt of Uttar Pradesh has already allocated Rs 175 crore for this period during the financial year 2019-20. This project will provide continuous availability of affordable, reliable, safe, secure and seamless transport system in the urban agglomeration of the city, which will reduce the accidents, pollution, travel time, energy consumption, anti-social incidents as well as regulate urban expansion and land use for sustainable development. UNI
Agra is among one of the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh with estimated population of around 17 lakh. It has historical importance with large scale industrial and commercial activities.
Urbanisation and rapid growth of vehicular traffic has lead severe stress on the urban transport system in the city resulting also in a deterioration in air quality. In this backdrop, it is imperative to strengthen the public transport system in Agra and the metro project will be able to meet this need.
While approving the project, the Cabinet has also stipulated that city bus services in Agra should be strengthened within one year of the approval of the Metro Project. (UNI)