Work Begins on Agra Metro’s Phase 1 Project

Workers from Sam India Builtwell Pvt. Ltd. and Lisha Engineers have started barricading works along Agra Metro Line-1’s 4 km ‘Priority Corridor’ on Fatehabad Road and at PAC Depot’s site for constructing the first section of the 29.40 km Agra Metro Phase 1 project.

This exciting development comes just a month after Sam India Builtwell emerged as the lowest bidder, beating URCC and Afcons Infra, for the 14.25 km Line-1‘s 4 km Taj East Gate Station – Taj Mahal Ramp (Package AGCC-01) section.

The contract to Sam India Builtwell from Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (UPMRCL) is valued at Rs 272.9 crore and comes with an extremely tight 26 month deadline. Their scope of work includes building the line’s viaduct and 3 stations at Taj East Gate, Basai and Fatehabad Road in eastern Agra. This also includes architectural finishing, water supply, fire fighting, fire detection, E&M works and PEB structures.

First section: Taj East Gate to Ramp with the indicative location of enroute stations – view Agra Metro Phase 1 info & route map

West of the ramp, the line will run underground until Shastri Nagar on GT Road, with an interchange facility at Agra College for allowing passengers to switch to the 15.40 km Line-2 (Agra Cantt. – Kalindi Vihar). Tender notices for that have not been published yet.

Barricades getting offloaded and set up on Fatehabad Road – Photo Copyright: Atharva Yadav via Abbas Jafri
In front of TDI Mall – Photo Copyright: Atharva Yadav via Abbas Jafri
Photo Copyright: Atharva Yadav via Abbas Jafri

Besides this, workers from Lisha Engineers have also barricaded the site for Line-1’s PAC Depot on a 16 hectare land parcel near the Taj Mahal Station (formerly known as Purani Mandi) to house the system’s 3-coach Bombardier rolling stock.

UPMRC had awarded Lisha Engineers with the depot’s Rs 112.63 crore construction contract, also in October, after they emerged as the lowest bidder beating URCC and Sam India Builtwell. This package (AGCC-03) also comes with an extremely tight deadline of just 18 months.

PAC Depot’s site – Photo Copyright: Amar Ujala

UPMRCL enjoys the full backing of the Uttar Pradesh state government which is spearheading big-ticket infrastructure projects (expressways, metros and airports) all over the state. Looking at UPMRCL’s aggressive and fast-paced work style that offered full support to contractors in Lucknow and now in Kanpur, I expect the first 4 km leg of Agra’s metro system to get commissioned in the second half of 2023.

A list of all Agra Metro Phase 1 tenders (civil and system) and their status can be viewed here. When piling work begins in the coming weeks, I’ll move the Agra section on the site’s menu from the ‘Approved’ to the ‘Under Construction’ sub-menu.

On a different note, construction work on Patna Metro’s first section is also going to start soon. NCC was awarded Line-2’s first construction contract in September, and from what I hear NCC has started geotechnical investigation work, barricaded a portion of the line and also deployed a piling rig. Stay tuned…

For more updates, check out the Agra section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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20 Responses to "Work Begins on Agra Metro’s Phase 1 Project"

  1. Deepak says:

    Wow 😍

  2. Avinash Tomar says:

    Sir is this the first project where rolling stock contract was awarded before civil?

    • TMRG says:

      Yup, all due to UPMRCL combining most of Kanpur and Agra’s system contracts together, to bring down overall cost with ‘economies of scale’, due to somewhat similar development schedules of both. Please don’t call me sir 🙂

      • atuldpandey says:

        Dear sir,
        I am Atul K Pandey and currently I am working in Larsen & Toubro Construction WDFCCIL project and I am looked for Electrical execution work in construction project.
        And I have 11 year experience in infrastructure projects in construction and I am intrested to explore my experience in metro projects.
        So kindly do the needful.

        Atul K Pandey

  3. Indra sen says:

    So it’s mean only Patna metro is lagging behind of all??

    • TMRG says:

      Patna is a little ahead of Agra on the construction side of things, but far behind in systems’ procurement which shouldn’t matter. As I mentioned, a piling rig has already been deployed and construction will start anytime now.

      • Riddhesh says:

        Hi , I Just Wanted You Opinion On The Upcoming Mumbai Metro, As Per You How Much Time Will It Take To Complete All The Lines Cause The Inauguration Dates Are Only Rising ? Specially The Line 2 And Line 7

      • Joseph Andrew says:

        You can see the change within 4 months..till next march..Agra project will be far ahead than patna..
        UPMRCL has a different way of executing projects than DMRCL..
        UPMRCL has a record of constructing fastest metro in lucknow and kanpur project is also in full pace..40% of physical progress has been achieved in kanpur within 10 months(excluding covid period).
        UPMRCL is going to break its own record now.

  4. Marimuthu says:

    Dear sir,
    This is Marimuthu Ravi from India. I have a 3 years experience in metro project at Qatar in the field of Electrical switchgear Testing and commissioning, operation and Maintenance. Any job opening for Electrical Engineer?

  5. Samarth raj says:

    Which metro will start first according to you?
    Patna metro or agra metro

  6. Bipin says:

    Agra is very small for proper working of metro , Agra needs large number of flyovers to bypass traffics which can be built is half the price of metro , huge investment is just a big blunder of up govt, Agra is already a very poor maped city , poor roads, failure Agra nagar Nigam.
    Metro in Agra is like , you are making a strong house on a weak base .

    • Abhishek Threja says:

      In agra metro gets good traffic because of it’s route covering major tourist places and thousands of tourist visiting daily.

  7. Abhishek Threja says:

    What about surat metro. It’s lagging far behind of all metros

  8. Mahajan Sahb says:

    will this be a viable project or just an addition for Govt report card?

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