Lucknow: The first phase of the Lucknow Metro line from Transport Nagar to Charbagh was inaugurated today in the presence of UP Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. One of Akhilesh Yadav’s dream projects, the Lucknow Metro Rail was also part of the budget speech for Samajwadi Party (SP) in the year 2013-14.
The Metro corridor measuring 8.5 kms, starting from Charbagh Station to Transport Nagar covering eight elevated stations, has been completed in a record 14 months time. It opens to the public on Wednesday promising a “cheaper, congestion-free and eco-friendly” ride.
While the trial run took place in December 2016, the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) cleared the file on August 14, nearly nine months later. The foundation stone for phase-1 of the North-South Metro Rail Corridor project was laid by ex Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on March 4, 2014.
Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) said this corridor is part of a 23 km North-South Metro corridor which is being executed by LMRC from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia. “The second proposed corridor, which is 11 km-long is called the East- West corridor,” said Keshav, adding that the target is 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. The Lucknow Metro trains are designed in Bengaluru and manufactured at Sri City and Coimbatore, supporting the Government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.
Alstom was awarded the €150 million contract in September 2015 by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) to provide 20 metro trainsets, each of four cars. The Metropolis trainset for Lucknow has 186 seats arranged longitudinally, and includes two dedicated zones for passengers with reduced mobility. These trainsets will circulate on the city’s new metro line, which will be around 23 km long and will include 22 stations, of which 19 are elevated and 3 underground. The line is estimated to carry about 430,000 passengers per day at first, increasing to over 1 million by 2030.
The design of the train is a tribute to the city’s cultural richness, with the front end conceived in the spirit of the gates to some of the city’s most important monuments, including the Bara Imambara congregation hall, Asifi mosque and Rumi Darwaza gateway. The V-shape of the lower section of the front symbolises ‘dynamism and rapidity’, while the livery is both highly modern and very much inspired by the traditional cashmere craftsmanship of Lucknow.
The project also includes Alstom’s Urbalis Computer Based Train Control (CBTC), the second such signalling system installed by the company in India. It is jointly supplied by Alstom’s sites in Bangalore and Saint-Ouen in France. The first one was rolled out in Kochi in June 2017.
“Alstom welcomes the commencement of commercial operations of Lucknow metro. It is an honour for us to contribute towards Government’s ‘Make in India’ plans. The project is a testimony of our commitment to make India a world leader in urban mobility – both in terms of technology and flawless execution. We look forward to continued engagement with the state of Uttar Pradesh to meet their transport infrastructure needs in their growing cities”, Bharat Salhotra, Vice President – Sales & Business Development, Asia Pacific commented.
Currently, Alstom is executing metro projects in several Indian cities including Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow where it is supplying Rolling Stock manufactured out of its state of the art facility at SriCity in Andhra Pradesh. Additionally, urban signalling and infrastructure projects have been undertaken by Alstom in Kochi, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Chennai, Jaipur and Delhi.
With more than 5,000 Metropolis cars sold to over 24 cities, Alstom is one of the largest metro suppliers in the world. Designed to address the specific needs of each city, Metropolis offers a large range of options and configurations, a high level of passenger comfort and innovative features to optimize energy consumption and life cycle costs.