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Kanpur, Agra metro projects to gather steam after May 23

“We have the detailed design of the Kanpur metro rail ready. Similarly, the traffic route plan of Agra metro is also being finalized. We need to float tenders and hire more staff to oversee the two projects, which can be done only after the model code of conduct is over,” said an LMRC official.

lucknow Updated: May 12, 2019 05:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Lucknow
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Representative image(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

The Kanpur and Agra metro rail projects are expected to gather steam once the poll code gets over after the announcement of Lok Sabha election results on May 23, according to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) officials.

“We have the detailed design of the Kanpur metro rail ready. Similarly, the traffic route plan of Agra metro is also being finalized. We need to float tenders and hire more staff to oversee the two projects, which can be done only after the model code of conduct is over,” said an LMRC official.

He said the Kanpur metro would start first as much of the ground work had been completed in 2016, when its foundation stone was laid.

However, the project got stalled because of some objections raised by the Public Investment Board, he added.

The Rs 13,400 crore Kanpur metro would run on two corridors, with a total length of 33 km.

“We intend to start construction work on IIT–Jhakarkati route first,” said the LMRC official, did not want to be named.

The first corridor would be of 24 km from IIT to Kalyanpur, Rawatpur, Motijheel, Navin Market, Bada Chauraha, Phoolbagh, Central railway station, via Jhakarkati Bus terminal, and to Naubasta.

The second 9 km corridor would start from the agriculture university and reach Barra-8 via Rawatpur, Kakadev and Vijaynagar chauraha. The Kanpur Development Authority, Housing Board and other government bodies have been asked to present a proposal for making contribution of funds for the project.

While 14 metro stations have been proposed on a 15-km overhead stretch of the first corridor, eight have been planned for the 9-km long underground route. Likewise, in the second corridor of 9 km, five stations would be built on the 4.5-km overhead route and four stations on 4.5-km underground route.

All stations would have public facilities.

The signaling system of Kanpur metro would be of world standard technology, the official said and added that the DPR also includes proposal for integration of metro stations with railway stations and bus terminals.

The detailed project report of Agra metro has also been approved and the project would be given shape at an estimated cost of Rs 8,379 crore. The Agra metro would be of 30 km and have two corridors. The first corridor would be from Sikandra to Taj East Gate and the second from Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar.

There would be a total of 30 stations in both corridors, out of which 22 would be elevated and eight underground. Both corridors will pass through MG Road and meet at Agra College Station.

First Published: May 12, 2019 05:26 IST