UP to get metro rail projects in Varanasi and Gorakhpur soon

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Lucknow Metro flagged off for commercial run

Noida: The stage shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, during the inauguration of the Magenta line of Delhi Metro at Noida will be extended to his homeland in Uttar Pradesh.

PM Narendra Modi during inauguration of Botanical Garden - Kalkaji Mandir Link
PM Narendra Modi during inauguration of Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir Link

The twin cities of Varanasi and Gorakhpur – Modi’s parliamentary constituency and Yogi’s traditional area are preparing their railway detailed project report (RDP) in earnest.

The government of Yogi has proposed to give away the two projects of Mini Metro Rail, confirming the new policy of Metro Rail.

Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) and RITES are preparing the metro rail DPR for Varanasi and Gorakhpur, and are expected to report to the state government in the coming weeks.

The DPR for Kanpur is also being reviewed in light of the new provisions mentioned in the new policy, which was approved by the Center on August 16, 2017.

A senior LMRC official said that during the first phase of the Mini Metro Rail project, DPR is being worked on for Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Kanpur.

A similar exercise would be undertaken in due time for other major cities, such as Agra, Meerut, Allahabad, Jhansi, Moradabad, etc.

In his recent visit to Lucknow, ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, Uttar Pradesh’s chief adviser for Metro rail projects, said the new policy will try to explore other transport options, including buses.

He said that Mini Metro Rails was more suitable for Tier III cities, such as Varanasi and Gorakhpur, as they were profitable and economical projects compared to regular or medium meters.

“Currently, all the metro railway projects in India that block the Delhi metro are mediusized metro projects, since their passenger transport capacity is low,” he said.

Now, three UP cities have operational metro rail services, including Noida, Lucknow and Ghaziabad.

LMRC launched its metro rail services on September 6, a day after the Union’s interior minister, Rajnath Singh and Yogi, marked the first commercial section in the “priority” section of 8.5 km from the airport. Lucknow to the Charbagh train station from North to South (NS) Corridor. It was built at a cost of approximately Rs 2,0000 crore.

The French multinational Alstom will supply the Lucknow Metro trainers. In September 2015, LRMC had collaborated with Alstom to supply Metro cars for trains.

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