Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the construction of the Agra metro project via videoconferencing. The Agra metro project comprises two corridors with a total length of 29.4 km, will connect major tourist attractions like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra with railway stations and bus stands and it will be completed in five years.
The Prime Minister said that in the six years after 2014, more than 450km of metro lines have become operational in the country and about 1000km of metro lines are in progress. He added that connectivity in western UP is increasing at a fast pace due to modern facilities. “The country’s first rapid rail transport system is being built between Meerut to Delhi,” the Prime Minister said. “A 14-lane expressway between Delhi-Meerut will also start serving the people of this region soon,” Modi added.
Speaking about the scope and need to boost local tourism, PM Modi said, “Improved infrastructure – Better connectivity benefits our tourism sector the most. It has always been my opinion that tourism is a sector in which there are means of earning for everyone.”
The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) has set the target to complete the first phase of the Agra Metro Rail Project, estimated at Rs 8379.62 crore, by December 2022.