LUCKNOW, INDIA (Metro Rail News): Today, Lucknow Metro completed its four successful years of commencement of metro services and to commemorate this accomplishment of inception of metro operations on 5th September 2017; Metro Diwas 2021 was organised at Metro Depot, Transport Nagar, in which all the UPMRC officials and employees participated with vigour & enthusiasm to celebrate this momentous occasion.
To grace the occasion with his esteemed presence, Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Chairman, UPMRC and Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India, joined via video conferencing to congratulate and send best wishes to UPMRC in this journey of 4 years which was full of both challenges & achievements.
Shri Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, was the Chief Guest of the programme who inaugurated the programme by the lighting of the lamp followed by Ganesh Vandana in the presence of Ms Amrita Soni, Secretary, Housing, Shri Kumar Keshav, MD, UPMRC, whole-time Directors, senior officers of the organisation and other employees also attended the programme.
On this occasion, Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Chairman, UPMRC and Secretary, MoHUA, said,” We should focus on multi-modal integration of transportation along with last-mile connectivity to make metro services more comfortable & convenient for the public. There is only one objective behind all plans & policies of our Hon’ble PM, Shri Narendra Modi, which is the ease of living. While serving the people, our prime aim should be to make the Metro a preferered mode of travel. Kanpur Metro will help decongestion and bring down pollution levels in the city, bringing back the glory of the industrial city of Kanpur. To improve mobility in Lucknow, which is evolving rapidly, I have urged the state government to consider the construction of Corridor 2 in the town.”
On this occasion, Shri Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief Secretary, said, “I congratulate UP Metro for their dedication & commitment during these four successful years of metro operations on behalf of state government. Lucknow Metro has achieved a new benchmark in punctuality, safety, comfort and passenger service. The DPR of Gorakhpur will soon be approved and get clearance. The state government is actively pursuing this regard. Both Varanasi & Meerut will soon benefit from Metro as groundwork on metro projects in progress. I have also urged the central government for a better financial model for the Metro projects in UP and better terms and conditions. The construction work of many airports and expressways is at full pace during the Yogi government period. We have to develop, expand and synchronise the metro system with the same speed in our cities.”
On this occasion, Shri Kumar Keshav, MD, UPMRC, said, “I congratulate the entire team of UPMRC, general consultants & contractors on these four glorious of accomplishments. During this journey, we have overcome many challenges with our determination & hard work. Lucknow Metro services were affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but still, we managed to achieve the fastest ridership recovery to 45,000. The projects of Kanpur & Agra are our dream projects which will make mass transit more convenient and safe for the public in the long run by providing smart mobility. The construction of the Agra Metro project is also in full swing and will be completed before the scheduled deadline. Like Lucknow Metro, we will try our level best to get the nine metro stations of ‘Priority Corridor’ of Kanpur Metro certified by IGBC platinum rating in the beginning.”
MD’s Gold & Silver Medal Award
Like earlier, on Metro Diwas 2021, a prize distribution ceremony was held in which Shri Kumar Keshav felicitated best performing employees for their outstanding contribution in various fields. MD’s Gold and MD’s Silver medals were awarded to these employees, recognising their achievements associated with the Metro Project, Metro Operations & Metro Maintenance categories.
MD’s Gold medal was awarded to Mr Sheet Basant Singh, Assistant Engineer/Civil, in the best Metro Project staff category. In contrast, the MD’ Silver medal was given to Mr Suraj Kumar, SE grade-II/Civil. Similarly, MD’s Gold medal in the Best Operation and Rolling Stock category was awarded to Mr Chandan Kumar Pandey, SC/TO grade-I. The MD’s Silver was bagged by Ms Shivani Vaishnav, SE grade-II/Rolling Stock. In the Maintenance category, Mr Gaurav Singh, SE grade-II/P-way, won the MD’s Gold medal while Mr Arun Maurya, SE grade-II, E&M, was felicitated with MD’s silver medal. The MD’s Gold medal and MD’s Silver medal carried a cash prize of Rs 5,000 & Rs 3,000, along with a certificate of appreciation
Moreover, the best kept and maintained Metro station award was awarded to CCS Airport Metro station for 2020-21. In addition, the operational staff of CCS Airport was given a memento, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10,000 in recognition of their exemplary performance.
Unveiling of Limca Book of Records
To celebrate the momentous occasion of Metro Diwas 2021, Shri Kumar Keshav unveiled the certificate of ‘Limca Book of Records’ at CCS Airport Metro station. Lucknow Metro has entered the ‘Limca Book of Records for completing the construction of the underground metro station of CCS Airport in just 19 months, ten days.
3.25 crore commuter & Top 3 GoSmart card users felicitated
After this event, 3.25 crore passengers and the top 3 highest recharge value GoSmart card users named Mr were honoured by the Managing Director at the station. A music band performance was also organised for the commuters at Hazratganj Metro station from 5:30 pm onwards for their recreation and entertainment. Lucknow Metro offered a free metro ride for all GoSmart cardholders on 5th September 2021 as a gesture of sharing Metro Diwas 2021 with the people of Lucknow. Moreover, on the occasion of Metro Diwas 2021, PD outlets offered ‘Special Discounts’ to the metro commuters to add to their joy on this special day.