The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has okayed the detailed project reports (DPRs) for Metro rail projects in four major cities. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, approved DPRs for Kanpur, Meerut, Agra and Varanasi.
Meerut is an important business centre in western Uttar Pradesh and Kanpur is the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh with a large number of business houses and industries.
Sources say the Samajwadi Party (SP) government was keen to ensure that work on the ambitious projects is kick-started by 2015 to convince the electorate that development work is going on when the State goes for Assembly polls early 2017. Work on the first phase of the Lucknow Metro Rail is already underway and the State government has assured that work on this route would be completed by December 2016.