Published on : Wednesday, December 9, 2020
On Monday, Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the construction of Agra Metro Phase-1. He said that the project will help in boosting up the tourism sector along with the city economy. He further explained that the “historic city is now matching its steps with the progress and growth of the 21st century”.
To quote Modi, “A world class Metro Project in Agra will not just enable ease of travelling for locals and tourists, but will also help boost the economic sector of the heritage city. It is extremely important to empower small cities as they have ample skill set, raw material, production and service sector, and in such a scenario, development projects like these help small cities to grow and thrive at par with the big cities…”
“It’s a matter of immense pride that these metro rail coaches are also being manufactured in India which gives strength to our mission of a self-reliant India and boost to the Make-in-India vision,” he said.
Work is being carried out on 1,000 km of new metro rail lines in 27 cities countrywide, Modi said, claiming big progress in this sector since his first government took charge in 2014.
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Governor Anandiben Patel and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri were also present at the inauguration event. In May 2019, the foundation stone of the project was laid by the PM.
Adityanath stated that the project will “herald a new era of public transport in the Taj City”. “Besides benefiting 26 lakh residents of the Taj city, the metro will also prove to be a better option for movement to over 60 lakh tourists who visit Agra every year,” said Adityanath.
The Agra Metro project is worth Rs. 8,379.62 crore. It has two corridors with a total length of 29.4 kms. It will connect the important tourist attractions like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sikandara with railway stations and bus stands. The project is anticipated to be completed in five years.
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