Lucknow Metro|LMRC will complete first phase by Oct. 2016

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Lucknow: The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Alok Ranjan has directed to ensure metro rail facility in Lucknow by completing the first phase of the project by October 31, 2016. He said that lack of funds would not deter implementation of Lucknow Metro rail project. He directed Avas Vikas Parishad, Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) and UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) to contribute Rs 120 crores, Rs 40 crores and Rs 30 crores respectively to Lucknow Metro as soon as possible.

Issuing directions regarding health infrastructure projects, the Chief Secretary said that along with completing construction of 100-bed maternity wing and 100-bed hospital buildings within the set timeframe, necessary action should be initiated for procurement of required equipment and creation of posts to ensure that general public could be provided with medical services by operationalizing these hospitals soon after the construction was completed. The Chief Secretary was presiding over the review meeting of Project Monitoring Group on Wednesday.

To make sure that first phase of Lucknow Metro was completed by October 2016, he said that directions had been issued for execution of work as per the monthly milestones. It includes invitation of bids for selection of consultant for preparing transit oriented development and feeder service plan, issuing of bid documents for escalators and Request for proposal (RFP) for selection of general consultant within the next month.

He asked the principal secretary, housing to coordinate between LDA and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) for lease of three land packets and approval from competent authority for demolition of Home department buildings for LMRC.

Similarly, to make sure that 100-bed maternity wings start working after completion by February 2016, Shri Ranjan directed for obtaining decision from competent level within the next month on draft RFP put up for operationalizing the maternity wings and revised estimates for construction works. He also said that process for creation of posts for new hospital buildings should be completed in the next month in consultation with finance department and procurement of equipment should also be done timely. He asked to immediately put up the draft RFP and interim plan for running nine trauma centres that were completed.

The meeting was attended by principal secretary, Finance, Rahul Bhatnagar, secretary to chief minister, Parth Sarthi Sen Sharma, Managing Director, LMRC, Kumar Keshav along with senior officials concerned.

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