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Lucknow Metro Opens to Public on 6th September 2017

Lucknow Metro Opens to Public on 6th September 2017

The 1st metro rail in Lucknow city will be opened to the public on 6th September 2017, Wednesday, with the encouragement of a “cheaper, congestion – free and eco – friendly” ride. Readied in a “record time” of 14 months, and nearly 9 months after its test run, which was flagged off by Akhilesh Yadav, former CM the 8.5 km long corridor from the Charbagh station to transport Nagar (8 elevated stations) will finally inaugurate by Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister in the presence of Yogi Adityanath, CM on Tuesday.

One of Akhilesh Yadav’s dream projects, the Lucknow Metro Rail also the part of budget speech for the 2013 – 2014.

While the test run for this preference stretch took place in the December 2016, it could not be plenipotentiary following pending clearance by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS), which the corporation lastly got recently on 14th August 2017.

Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation was incorporated as a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Companies Act 1956 on November 25, 2013. The foundation stone for phase – 1, the North – South Metro Rail Corridor project was laid by former CM Akhilesh Yadav, on March 4, 2014. The present 8.5 km stretch was identified as a priority corridor of this phase – 1 the during previous SP government with a deadline for completion of December 2016, keeping the 2017 Assembly elections in the mind.

Lucknow Metro Rail Fare –

1.) 1 station travelled – Rs. 10

2.) 2 stations – Rs. 15

3.) 3 to 6 stations – Rs. 20

4.) 7 to 9 stations – Rs. 30

5.) 10 to 13 stations – Rs. 40

6.) 14 to 17 stations – Rs. 50

7.) Over 18 stations – Rs. 60

Managing director of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, Kumar Keshav said that the priority corridor between transport Nagar and Charbagh station is part of a 23 km North – South Metro corridor (with 3 underground and 8 elevated stations), which is being executed by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia.

“The secondly proposed corridor, which is 11 km – long (12 stations), is called the East – West corridor, coming under phase 1B of the project,” said Kumar Keshav, adding that their focus will now be shifted towards completion of the North – South Corridor with a target to finish it by April 2019.

The Lucknow Metro will also have the “most advanced signaling and train control system”, called Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC), which will enable trains to virtually operate on “driverless” mode.

Managing director of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation told, “At the Mawaiya Railway Crossing, we constructed a specially balanced cantilever span of 255 meters. It was a really critical job, which has been executed at a height of 21 meters above ground level, while railway tracks were functional below it,” he said.

“At Awadh Rotary, Lucknow we launched a 60-meter special steel span bridge crossing the rotary over an Ambedkar statue in the middle. This bridge is 13 mts above the ground, connecting both ends of the Metro,” Kumar Keshav added. Asked about technological differences between the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation and other Metro projects in the country, Kumar Keshav said, “We have a LCD-based display system, better communication system, disk brakes for better acceleration and retardation.” He added that Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation smart cards are more advanced and serve multiple purposes.

The sale of these smart cards, which would each cost Rs. 200 (of which Rs. 100 is a refundable security deposit), had begun since September 1st, 2017. Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation could not confirm how many cards have been sold since September 1. “One would able to use the same smart card in other cities of the state when the Metro comes up there,” said Keshav.

An officer said that to use free WiFi, passengers will have to register their names and phone numbers and would get the password on their phone. “We can use the card holder’s information to understand traveling patterns of passengers and use it for the betterment of our facilities”.

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