The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on January 17, gave approval to the awaited Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of Metro railway in the cities of Agra, Kanpur and Meerut. It also designated Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) as the provisional adviser to set into motion the initial fabrication work of the preference segment, depot, border fences and others, of these endeavors and issue-linked tenders that are hopeful of the Centre’s endorsement.
Kanpur and Agra Metro projects are both to have their own unique passageways. On the other hand, Meerut will have one passageway. All the three passageways will have to be fully constructed by 2024.
The expected outlay of culmination of the construction of Agra, Kanpur and Meerut Metro projects, as sanctioned by the UP government, are Rs 13,936 crore, Rs 18,342 crore and Rs 14,890 crore, each.
Once the state government gives its stamp of approval, construction will start on the Sikandara to Taj East Gate passageway in Agra; IIT Kanpur to Moti Jheel in Kanpur and between Shraddhapuri Phase-2 and Jagriti Vihar Extension in Meerut.
Kanpur’s DPR was present for authorization in 2017, but it was turned back for want of compliance with the New Metro Policy of 2017, whereas DPRs of Agra and Meerut have been presented for ratification for the first time.
All the briefs have been fine tuned to comply with the directives of the Metro Policy that focuses upon the construction of Metro with 50:50 equity collaboration between the state and the central governments. The cabinet also sanctioned the exhaustive movability plan and alternate inspection report of these cities separately.