Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Agra Metro Stations to Complement Heritage Landmarks

The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) is embarking on a beautification initiative to enhance the aesthetic appeal of Agra Metro stations, particularly those situated near iconic monuments like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Jama Masjid. The goal is to complement the allure of these historical structures.

Drawing inspiration from the intricate handmade floral and calligraphic inlay artwork found in Uttar Pradesh’s monuments and the traditional Rajasthan string puppet known as ‘kathputli,’ the beautification project aims to infuse a touch of local art and culture into the modern Metro infrastructure.

While departing from centuries-old handmade artwork, the Metro station decorations utilize modern resources such as glass-reinforced cement lattice and high-definition images of inlay artwork printed on acrylic blocks with a glass finish.

According to an official from UPMRC, the idea is not to compete with existing heritage but to harmonize with it. The Metro stations incorporate traits of local art and culture, with high-definition images captured from monuments like Sikandra Tomb, Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and others. These images are then printed on acrylic blocks and installed inside the stations. Additionally, lattice designs inspired by Awadh architecture, crafted from glass-reinforced cement, contribute to the aesthetic transformation.

The inauguration of the priority corridor of the Agra Metro is expected in the last week of February. The project, initiated with a stone-laying ceremony on December 7, 2020, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comprises two corridors with a total length of 29.4km. The first corridor spans from Taj East Gate to Sikandra, covering 13.7km, while the second corridor stretches from Agra Cantonment to Kalindi Vihar, covering 15.7km. The priority stretch on the first corridor includes both elevated and underground sections, featuring stations like Taj East Gate, Basai, Fatehabad Road, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Jama Masjid.

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