Kanpur Metro|Kanpur ideally suited for Metro Rail service

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Kanpur: Vehicular growth in Kanpur is 6.5 fold, that is more that the population growth and less than 5 per cent of the population uses four wheelers for commuting in the city, says the detailed project report (DPR) of Kanpur Metro project prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES).

According to the DPR, the maximum number of commuters are pedestrians (26.8%), followed by two-wheelers (25.3%), bicycles (18.6%) and autos (16.6%). A negligible number of 0.7% commute by trains. As stated earlier, only 4.9% commuters use four-wheelers. Kanpur is therefore ideally suited to have a mass rapid transport system like the Metro.

This significant information was revealed during a meeting held between Kanpur Nagrik Manch (KNM) with Madhukar Jaitley, special advisor to the chief minister of UP on August 27, when the KNM delegation met him.

At present, on route no.1 (from IIT to Naubasta via Phool Bagh) there will be 28 rakes of 4 cars each and on Route no. 2 (from CSA to Barra via Rawatpur) just 9 rakes. The only grey area in the DPR is its projection of Peak Hour (PH) boarding, that is the number of passengers, that will board the train at a given station, informed Chhotey Bhai Noronha, one of the members of the KNM delegation.

According to DPR, the maximum PH of 11,300 will be at Rawatpur, followed by Vasant Vihar (before Naubasta) and Kalyanpur with 5,300. Kanpur Central is projected at 4,800 and Bada Chauraha at just 2,100.

Raising question on the information contained in DRP, the KNM observed that whoever had arrived at these figures perhaps has not seen the crowd at Ghantaghar near Kanpur Central and at Bada Chauraha in the heart of the city. Engineers based at IIT should not try to project Rawatpur and Kalyanpur as the city’s hubs, said Noronha.

The delegation members urged the special advisor that the major part of the Metro should be underground and the route be extended to Naubasta via Ghantaghar. They also expressed hope that the Metro would be extended to Ramadevi and Chakeri airport in the East and to Shuklaganj in the North.

KNM has expressed appreciation for the keen interest taken in the Metro project by divisional commissioner Mohd Iftikaruddin and vice-chairperson of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) Jayshree Bhoj.

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