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India approves Agra and Kanpur Metro; Uttar Pradesh approves Delhi–Meerut RRTS [free access]

March 3, 2019

The Government of India has approved plans to develop metro systems in Agra and Kanpur and the state government of Uttar Pradesh has approved plans to develop the Delhi–Meerut rapid rail transit system (RRTS).

 

The metro systems in Agra and Kanpur will be developed at a total investment of INR194.56 billion within a period of five years. The project cost will be funded by the Government of India, the state government of Uttar Pradesh, and multilateral agencies. The state government of Uttar Pradesh has allocated INR3.5 billion (INR1.75 billion for each project) in the state budget for FY2019–20. Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) (formerly known as Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation) will implement both the projects.

 

Agra Metro will comprise two corridors which will collectively span 29.40 km and cover 27 stations (20 elevated and seven underground). The corridors will connect major tourist places as well as provide multi-modal integration with the stations of Indian Railways, the bus rapid transit (BRT) system, and the interstate bus terminal (ISBT).

 

Kanpur Metro will comprise two corridors which will collectively span 32.39 km and cover 30 stations (18 elevated and 12 underground). The corridors will offer multi-modal integration with the stations of Indian Railways.

 

In addition, the state government of Uttar Pradesh has approved plans to develop the Delhi–Meerut RRTS by 2025. The project cost of INR306.68 billion will be funded by the Government of India (INR64.64 billion), the state government of Uttar Pradesh (INR164.80 billion), the Government of Delhi (INR12.16 billion), and the private sector (INR2.70 billion).

 

The system will span 82.15 km (68.03 km elevated, 14.12 km underground) from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Modipuram in Uttar Pradesh, covering 22 stations (five underground, 17 elevated). It will be integrated with interstate bus terminals and the stations of Indian Railways. The trains will be operated at a commercial speed of 160 km/hr and the maximum speed will be 180 km/hr.

 

(1 INR [Indian Rupee] = 0.01 USD)