Lucknow, December 1
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in presence of his father and Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, flagged off the trial run of the Lucknow Metro rail here today.
However, it was all a family affair of the first Samajwadi Party family when party’s UP president Shivpal Singh Yadav and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav were also present in the function attended by several UP ministers including Mohammad Azam Khan. Akhilesh Yadav first inaugurated the depot of the Lucknow Metro at the Transportnagar and then flagged off the trial run of the train from Awadh crossing near Sringarnagar station. The trials would be done between Transportnagar station to Maviya, around 6 kms.
Dimple, wife of the CM , handed over the keys to the two female drivers-Prachi and Pratibha, both from Allahabad, to run the first official trial run of the Lucknow metro.
After going through rigorous trial for next over three months, the first phase of the Lucknow Metro between Amausi airport to Charbagh station would be opened for passengers from march 26,2017.
The entire 26 kms route of the Lucknow Metro from Amausi to Munshi pullia is likely to be completed by January 2019.
If one has to go by the Metro timeline, which is a records of sorts, the proposal for making a DPR for the Lucknow Metro Project was submitted to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DC) in September 2008. Immediately there after Lucknow Development Authority and the DC had signed an agreement way back in February 2009.
In April 2011, the DC submitted a draft DPR which proposed two corridors and a Gomtinagar link. The Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, in February 2013 formally announced the project as essential for public transport and it started picking up momentum. March 29, 2013, saw the formation of a high-level committee for the project and a Metro Cell was created under the Secretary, Housing and Urban Planning Department, on May 3, 2013.
On June 28, 2013 the Metro Cell was established at Hazratganj. A quick assessment was carried out by the Urban Development Department of the Comprehensive Mobility Plan in the city. On July 25, 2013, the DC submitted the amended DPR of the first phase. On August 8, 2013, the DC was directed to carry out the techno-feasibility study of the alternative routes. The Lucknow Metro Cell was formally inaugurated on September 8, 2013. It was a major move when the LC was registered at the Registrar of Companies on November 25, 2013. The first LC Board meeting was held on December 5, 2013. An in principle agreement by the Government of India as regards the condition of the North-South Corridor was made on December 27, 2013.
The logo of the LC was approved on February 24, 2014. The big moment came when the Chief Minister laid the foundation of Lucknow Metro on March 3, 2014.
On June 6, 2014, in the fifth meeting of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was authorised to invite tenders for the priority section of the civil works. On June 20, 2014, the DC submitted a Rs 540- crore tender for the civil construction work in the priority section.
Lucknow, December 1