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Govt to kick start construction of 5 metro rail projects in UP, Bihar & Gujarat before polls

NEW DELHI: The government is set to put its final stamp on five metro rail projects across the country- two in UP, one each in Gujarat and Bihar and the first phase of Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) in NCR - before the poll code of conduct kicks in.

The government is also keen to lay the foundation stone for the metro projects involving an investment of approximately Rs 56,000 crore.Sources said the Public Investment Board (PIB) took up all the projects for Agra, Kanpur, Patna, Ahmedabad and the RRTS between Delhi and Meerut.

PIB approval is mandatory since the central government puts equity in all metro projects where the works are executed by an entity like DMRC where the Union government and the state concerned have 50-50 partnership.TOI has learnt that soon after getting the PIB approval, the projects will be placed before the cabinet for the final clearance and to start work quickly.

Officials said while RRTS phase-I would cost around Rs 32,000 crore, the Kanpur and Agra Metro projects would require about Rs 12,000 crore. The two projects have a combined length of 62 km. The total cost of Patna metro rail project, which includes the land cost, is about Rs 13,000 crore.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...gujarat-before-polls/articleshow/67874118.cms

The 5 cities are - Kanpur, Agra, Patna, Ahmedabad phase II and Meerut (RRTS). Proposed cost is Rs560 billion (US $8 billion). Kanpur and Agra metros scream white elephant to me. The cities have literally zero urban planning and a metro will be a colossal waste of money and resources. The other 3 should be feasible
 

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^^ Good move. These will give a massive boost to the urbanisation of north India, which has become a dire need now. None of these projects will be white elephants, and will complement other infra build up happening in those cities very well.
 

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Does Bhopal really need a metro? Main roads are quite wide and there isnt much traffic congestion in the city. Will end up being a white elephant like Jaipur (same conditions mentioned)
Is that a serious question? If a city of almost 2 Mio inhabitants has any use for a metro?

I don't know Bhopal personally but looking at Google maps I somehow fail to see all those ultra wide roads. Once the city is sufficiently motorized it will absolutely drown in traffic jams. It is a bit late to start building the metro then.
 

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^^Agreed. One thing China has absolutely done right is building metro lines preemptively, sometimes in areas which you could argue all day may or may not justify them right now, but in 5-10 years--by the time a metro might begin service if construction starts today--will absolutely need one.

As long as India doesn't follow China's lead in building non-pedestrian-friendly urban fabrics--too-wide streets, a superabundance of overpasses and elevated roads, tower-in-a-park-style developments--there ought to be even more justifiable metro systems in India than China, given higher population density.
 

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^^ I agree with both of you: better plan ahead because otherwise the streets will be chaos without an alternative and economic growth will be hampered, which is basically what can be seen in Jakarta. And other Indonesian cities have corridors in dire need for frequent local rail transportation. If transportation planning like now under the Jokowi administration was there since just after the Asian crisis in 1998, then under Jokowi the economic growth could have been >7% there.

And with the austerity continuing in the West with costly cost-profit analysis, even cities like Amsterdam will see their economic growth hamper because of traffic jams. India should know better than that, plus in a few decades, the prices may skyrocket because of both ground prices and regulations, be ahead of that. It's a pain that, in case it doesn't make the state budget near bankrupt, a risk you should take, for future prosperity. Don't be like the West in that sense.

But talking about pedestrian-friendliness: be like the West and not like China indeed. I see different approaches across Asia towards pedestrians, where Singapore is friendly to Asian standards but still mediocre, even in policy. Good policy in Asia can be found on multiple locations, but is usually not bound to nations rather than cities (see the vastly different policies across Indonesia). Likely the earlier traffic jams drove people towards China's metro's. Indian cities might be smaller in many cases, they have a huge potential for metro systems as long as indeed, pedestrian-friendliness is taken into consideration and the huge population density in most neighbourhoods remains.
 
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The question is of course if India can afford it in such "smaller" cities (as in if there are not other much more important areas of investment in crucial public infrastructure) but a Metro certainly would be needed.

Regarding pedestrian friendliness, yes China isn't a very good model to follow in this regard. You don't have to look to Europe though, if I am not mistaken also Japanese cities are considerably more pedestrian friendly than Chinese ones.
 

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^^Even cities in South Korea are beginning to improve on this aspect.

It makes sense, from an economic efficiency perspective, too, to incentivize people to use public transit (metro) systems heavily to recoup investment, as opposed to people driving everywhere because streetscapes are unwelcoming or residential developments are far away from commercial districts.
 

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Cabinet nod for Metro rail projects in UP’s Kanpur, Agra
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Agra metro

- The Agra Metro rail project will have two corridors which will pass through the heart of the city and connect prominent tourist places including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Sikandra as well as the Inter State Bus Terminus, Raja Ki Mandi railway station, Medical College, Agra Cantt railway station, the Collectorate, Sanjay Place and surrounding densely-populated residential areas.

- The estimated cost of the project is Rs 8,379.62 crore.($1.1 billion)

- The length of the Sikandra-Taj East Gate corridor is 14 km, and will comprise six elevated and seven underground stations. The length of Agra Cantt-Kalindi Vihar corridor is 15.4 km and it will have 14 elevated stations.

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Kanpur metro

- The Kanpur project will include two corridors, one from ITT to Naubasta and the other from the Agriculture University to Barra-8. The project’s estimated cost is Rs 11,076.48 crore. ($1.6 billion)

- The ITT-Naubasta corridor will cover 23.785 km and comprise 22 stations – 14 elevated and 8 underground, while the Agriculture University-Barra-8 corridor is 8.6 km and will have four elevated and four underground stations.

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Both projects will be completed in 5 years time (2024 deadline)


http://www.canindia.com/cabinet-nod-for-metro-rail-projects-in-ups-kanpur-agra/
 

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Metro to Taj Mahal by 2024!

New Delhi: Agra is all set to get an intra-city connectivity makeover with its metro project. The city famous of places like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort etc. will soon offer metro rail services to the residents and visitors. The Union Cabinet approved the Agra Metro Rail Project earlier this year in March! The cost of this two corridor project is estimated at Rs 8,379 crore and it is expected to be completed in the next 5 years.

It may be noted that the metro corridors will connect major public nodes, tourist places and city cluster areas of Agra. It is expected to reduce vehicular traffic in the city and boost movement on the roads by reducing traffic congest.

1. The proposed project will have two corridors which will pass through the heart of Agra connecting iconic places like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra etc.

2. The length of Sikandra to Taj East Gate corridor will be 14 Km. It will be partly elevated and partly underground and will have 13 stations. While six station will be elevated, the rest will be underground.

3. The length of Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar corridor will be 15.40 km and it will have 14 stations in total. All the stations on this corridor will be elevated.

4. People will be able to easily reach places like ISBT, Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station, Medical College, Agra Cant railway station, Collectorate, Sanjay Place and other surrounding densely populated residential areas.

5. The corridors will have multimodal integration with railway stations and BRTS stations and will have feeder network of bus, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non-Motorized Transport (NMT).

It is worth noting that this project is estimated to benefit nearly 20 lakh people directly or indirectly. For the implementation of this metro project, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, a jointly owned company of the central government and the UP government, will be reconstituted as 'Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC).

https://www.timesnownews.com/busine...f-the-upcoming-agra-metro-rail-project/417877
 
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