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Before commencement of effect of code of conduct for general assembly elections, the centre had approved metro rail project worth Rs 8,779 crores for the Agra city. Dr. Sharad Gupta, who is a leading environmentalist has raised objections over the initiation of the proposed metro rail project in the city without seeking prior approval from the departments concerned including the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ).
To bring the attention of the Government, Dr. Gupta has written a letter to UP Chief Secretary Anoop Chandra Pandey and said that even as the final Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Agra Metro was submitted in May 2016, no permission was taken from the departments/authorities concerned till date.
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Expressing his concern at the latest developments Dr. Gupta said that many projects such as civil airport and multi-level parking at the Taj Mahal’s East Gate were put on hold due to the absence of the mandatory approvals from the concerned department/authorities.
According to Dr. Gupta, Agra city comes under Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ), no project can be initiated without the approval of its committee, but there is no mention of TTZ approval in the DPR prepared by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC).
He further said that even the metro rail project was not mentioned in the vision document being prepared by the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) New Delhi for the protection of the historical monument.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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