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Agra gets approval for 2 Metro routes

Two Metro routes have been given approval by the local administration. The routes will be from Sikandra crossing to Trident Hotel and Agra Cantonment Station to District Court.

Metro in the first stretch will pass through Institute of Mental Health and Hospital (IMHH), St John's College, S N Medical College, Heeng ki Mandi, Agra Fort, Fatehabad Road and Circuit House. The second route will cross Sadar Bazar, Pratap Pur crossing, M G Road and Hari Parwat localities.

Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), the company shortlisted to plan and prepare a detailed project report for Metro in the city, will now study the areas which require underground and elevated routes.

A 16-member committee, headed by Agra divisional commissioner Pradeep Bhatnagar, has approved the proposal in principle on Thursday.

Ishtiaq Ahmad, chief town planner at the Agra Development Authority (ADA), said, "The routes will be a combination of underground and elevated corridors. In most likelihood, the stretch between IMHH and S N Medical College will be an underground one. As far as the second route is concerned, there is a plan to cover areas beyond the District Court.
For this, we have two options. The route could either be stretched to Dayal Bagh Temple or reach Kalindi Vihar via National Highway 2 (NH2). RITES will tell us which option is more feasible in a week's time."

"Total length of two routes is 25km. It would be built at a cost of Rs 200 crore per kilometer for the elevated sections, and Rs 450 crore per kilometer for the underground stretch", the ADA official further said.

RITES will prepare a detailed project report after concluding with the engineering survey. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) is likely to be formed to execute the Metro project, the senior official added. A SPV is a legal body formed to complete a specific project. Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, which has been formed to oversee Metro work in the state capital, is an example of an SPV.

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