The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to start metro services in Agra, Kanpur and Meerut cities by 2024, at a total estimated cost of Rs 43,800 crores, state cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, on January 17, 2018. “Metro services will be started in Agra, Kanpur and Meerut cities. The entire project will be completed by 2024,” Singh, also the UP government’s spokesperson, told reporters.
He said the decision to start the services was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Singh said there would be two metro corridors in Agra and the Taj City and the project will cost more than Rs 13,000 crores. “The Kanpur project will have 31 stations and it will be 30 kms long and cost over Rs 17,000 crores, while Meerut metro project will be of 33 kms, costing over Rs 13,800 crores,” he said.
The decision comes close on the heels of the Adityanath government giving its approval, for the setting up of the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation, which will be set up on the lines of the Maharashtra Rail Corporation. The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation will be restructured and will be given the shape of a ‘single special purpose vehicle’.