Underground construction work begins for Agra Metro

Work on the underground section of the first phase of the Agra Metro Corridor started on Monday. The diaphragm wall or D-Wall was formed in the presence of senior officials from UP Metro Rail Corporation.

The D-Wall is more like a subway station boundary. Before starting the construction of an underground metro station, this wall is built as a security fence around it, said Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Kumar Keshav, who was in Agra on Monday to inaugurate preparing the diaphragm wall at Agra Fort Metro Station.

“The D-Wall will be built with rectangular panels. This wall will go to a depth of about 21 meters,” he said.

Corridor-I of the Agra Rail Metro Project stretches from the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal to Sikandara. Underground construction works are underway between the Taj Mahal metro station and the RBS College metro station which was inaugurated on Monday.

A total of seven metro stations are to be constructed in the underground section of the first corridor of the Agra Rail Metro project, namely Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Medical College, Agra College, Raja Ki Mandi and RBS College.

“These Agra Metro underground stations will be prepared using the top-down method, i.e. the construction works will be carried out from top to bottom. This system is adopted to minimize the impact on the traffic as the barricades on the road will be reduced after the construction of the first floor from road level.

The construction works of the station under the road will continue and the movement of vehicles on the road will also continue smoothly eventually,” reads a press release issued by UPMRC on Monday.

Bonny J. Streater