With the Union Cabinet giving last month the green light for the Agra Metro Rail project, the city of Taj Mahal is in for a mega makeover in terms of transportation.
The project is estimated to cost Rs 8,415.63 crore and will take five years to execute (March, 2024).
As per the detailed project report (DPR) approved by the Cabinet, the project comprises two corridors which would pass through the heart of the city, connecting prominent tourist spots like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sikandra as well as important places like ISBT, Raja Ki Mandi railway station, medical college, Agra Cantt railway station, and the Collectorate.
According to Kumar Keshav, managing director of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, which is the nodal agency for the project, “while Corridor 1 (14 km) would run from Sikandra to Taj East Gate, Corridor 2 (15.4 km) would extend from Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar. Corridor 1 would have 6 elevated and 7 underground stations. Corridor 2 would be completely elevated, having 14 stations”.
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