November 26, 2015

Agra plans metro to the Taj Mahal

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RITES, India, has completed a detailed project report for a light metro line in the Indian city of Agra, which will serve key historical sites including Agra Fort, the tomb of Akbar the Great, and the Taj Mahal.

Two lines totalling 25km are proposed: an east-west corridor from Taj Mahal to Agra Fort and Sikandra (for Akbar's tomb) and a north-south corridor from Kalindi Vihar to Agra Cantt mainline station via Trident Hotel. The east-west line will have seven underground and eight elevated stations, while all 15 stations on the north-south line will be elevated. Services will be operated by a fleet of three-car trains.

Rites has submitted the report to the Agra Development Authority, which will carry out a review of the findings before sending the study to the Uttar Pradesh state government.

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