Uttar Pradesh is on the cusp of change as far as urban transport is concerned. With the problem of traffic congestion getting worse by the day, the state government has gone on overdrive, aiming to get as many as six new Metro projects off the ground soon.\u00a0While the revised detailed project reports (DPRs) for metros in three cities \u2014 Kanpur, Agra and Meerut \u2014 have been cleared and forwarded to the Union housing and urban affairs ministry for approval, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), the nodal agency for the state\u2019s Metro projects, is putting the finishing touches to blueprints for projects in Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Allahabad. As is known, Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u2019s parliamentary constituency, Kanpur is the hometown of President Ram Nath Kovind and Gorakhpur, the hometown of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Centre had earlier returned the DPRs for these projects, asking the state government to re-evaluate them in light of the Metro Rail Policy 2017. The LMRC has since revised the DPRs for the Kanpur, Agra and Meerut projects. \u201cThe UP government dispatched the DPRs to the Centre in January and we expect to have the approval anytime soon,\u201d says LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav. LMRC\u2019s Principal Advisor E Sreedharan assured Yogi Adityanath recently that the revised DPRs for the Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Allahabad projects would be submitted to the state government soon. \u201cAfter the DPR is cleared by the state cabinet, it would be forwarded to the Centre for approval, since these are joint venture projects. The state and central governments contribute 20% each, while we would be taking a loan to meet the remaining costs. For the Kanpur project, we are in talks with the European Investment Bank and JICA and hope to seal the deal after getting the Centre\u2019s nod,\u201d says Keshav. Explaining the rationale behind the state\u2019s ambitious Metro agenda, he points out that the National Urban Transport Policy mandates all cities with a 2-million-plus population having an efficient public transport system. \u201cExcept for Gorakhpur, these cities have crossed the 2 million mark. By the time the project is implemented, Gorakhpur too would have met the criterion,\u201d he says. The Kanpur Metro project was inaugurated in October, 2016. Its two corridors, comprising a total length of 32.38 km, are expected to be complete by 2024 and would cost `16,975 crore. The tender for its first stretch of 9 km was floated last month. Like in Kanpur, the Agra and Meerut projects would have two corridors each. While the total length of the Agra Metro would be 30 km, Meerut\u2019s would be 32.95 km. \u201cThe Agra project would cost Rs 12,901 crore and the Meerut project, Rs 13,791 crore. Both are expected to be complete by 2024,\u201d says Keshav. The UP government earmarked Rs 100 crore in this year\u2019s Budget for Metro projects in Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Jhansi and Meerut and another `150 crore for the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation.