PM to inaugurate construction of first phase of Agra metro on December 7 – ET RealEstate

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LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the construction of the first phase of the Agra Metro Rail Project (AMRP) virtually on December 7, a statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh government said on Saturday. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion, it said.

According to officials, the total cost of the AMRP is Rs 8,379.62 crore and in the first phase, the Sikandra — Taj East Gate corridor will be constructed.

The chief minister is himself monitoring the project and the traffic on this corridor is expected to start in December 2022, officials said.

The Sikandra – Taj East Gate corridor will have six stations — Taj East Gate, Basai and Fatehabad Road (all three elevated stations) and the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Jama Masjid being underground stations.

Besides benefiting 26 lakh people of the city, the metro will also prove to be a better option for movement by providing a state-of-the-art Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) to over 60 lakh tourists who visit Agra every year, the statement said.

“The Agra metro will provide an environment friendly, comfortable and hassle-free means of public transport and will also make it easy to travel to world famous tourist destinations like Taj Mahal and Agra fort,” Kumar Keshav, managing director, UPMRC, said.

Its biggest advantage will be in the development of tourism. It is a major challenge for our team to construct a metro corridor in the heart of the city and make the metro available within the stipulated time frame, he added.

The UPMRC has set a precedent by constructing the Lucknow metro rail project well ahead of schedule.

The construction work of the Kanpur metro is also being carried out at a fast pace.

The foundation stone of the AMRP was laid by the prime minister virtually in May 2019.

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Chennai development body moves SC, land acquisition for MRTS delayed again – ET RealEstate

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CHENNAI: Land acquisition for the last 50m stretch of the Velachery-St Thomas Mount MRTS project is likely to get delayed further.

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has approached the Supreme Court against the Madras high court order of March 8, 2019, which directed the agency to provide enhanced compensation to the landowners who were litigating for the past decade. CMDA filed a special leave petition on September 14.

This comes even as CMDA has vetted papers of all landowners and promised to process the compensation as per the high court order in the past four months. TOI had reported how the state government’s red tape is delaying the process.

In its petition, filed on behalf of N Ravikumar, senior planner of CMDA, the state government’s pleader has asked for an ad interim stay on the high court order of March 8, 2019. The government has prayed for permitting it to deposit in court the extra amount of compensation to be paid as per the court’s order and also asked for directions to the landowner to hand over the land.

In its petition, the state government has said it wants to pay compensation only according to a 2016 order, which calculates the value of the land as on January 1, 2011. This means that it wants to pay only Rs 1912 per square feet, whereas as per the 2019 order of the high court, the state government has to pay enhanced compensation of Rs 4500 per square feet.

The case has other complications. For instance, some landowners have relinquished the property and are fighting for enhanced compensation along with others. However, as per the state’s SLP, it wants to deposit the difference in compensation in the court and take possession of the land.

Ezhilarasan, one of the landowners who is a respondent in the SLP, told TOI that they were surprised and frustrated. “Just as we were waiting for the compensation to be released and the process to be completed, the CMDA has done this. Many government officials promised that the enhanced compensation would be released,” he said.

Land acquisition officials from CMDA did not respond to calls for comment.

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