In U.P. budget, 471 cr for Agra Metro rail; Agra, Kanpur first trial runs by July 31

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Lucknow: Continuing with its constant stress on the need to boost infrastructure and better connectivity, the government has once again promised to add more value to the ever evolving Metro Rail network in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In UP Budget 2021 its clear that Agra and Kanpur Metro trial run of first phase will happen by July 31, 2021. And after Agra and Kanpur, next will be Varanasi and Gorakhpur Metro for which Rs 100 cr has been proposed for Metro rail projects.

In its latest budget the Yogi government has made a provision of budget of Rs 471 crore for the Agra Metro Rail project in FY 2021-22. Last year, Rs 286 crore was received in 2020-21. 10 crores were received in the year 2017.Kanpur Metro Rail project has got 597 cr.

As Agra Metro project estimates the entire project will cost Rs 8,663 crore. The foundation stone of Agra Metro was laid on December 7 last year. Work is underway on PAC land with 112 crore for construction of metro depot in Agra and 273 crore for construction of three elevated stations. Work of an estimated 385 crore is underway.

The first phase of the 7-km-long primary corridor will be constructed in Agra. It will have a total of six stations, including 3 elevated and three underground stations. The pending tendering process for underground stations will be completed soon after receiving 471 crore.

80 per cent of the project worth Rs 8600 crore is  being funded by the Centre and 20 per cent will be spent by the state government. The state government will spend around Rs 1800 crore on the entire project. So far, the government has allocated about 767 crore. The project will be completed by 2024.

The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) had announced a new deadline to complete the work. Along with the priority corridor, the first phase of work from Sikandra to Tajpurvi Gate will end in 2026. The Agra metro project currently plans to run a metro between 6 stations in 7 km. UPMRC Deputy General Manager Panchanan Mishra has been quoted saying that that tunneling work takes more time. Tunnel excavation will be carried out among the densely populated urban area. Therefore, there is little change in the time limit.

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