Agra Metro Rail project has got the crucial green signal from the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Hon’ble Supreme Court had appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to undertake impact of Agra Metro Project from environment consideration. Chairman and Members of CEC visited Agra Metro Project on 15th – 16th January, 2020 and conducted a 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 Agra Metro Project and recommended the same for necessary consideration and approval of Hon’ble Supreme Court.
Hon’ble Supreme Court in his decision after hearing 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.
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. The Project is expected to benefit around 20 lakh population in the city.
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.
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 shortest possible time and will fully comply 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 are now in advanced stage. UPMRC, with its outstanding track record, will now take up the physical works at site at 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 Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.