Lucknow Metro|Lack of funds should not impede construction of metro project

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Lucknow: The chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Alok Ranjan has said that Lucknow Metro rail is an ambitious project of the state government and any delinquency in its implementation would not be pardoned. He directed the department of housing and urban planning to take immediate action on proposals received from different government and semi-government departments for providing the land to LMRC for metro construction.

He asked the LMRC (Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation) officials about the requirement of funds and said that lack of funds should not impede construction of Lucknow Metro rail project. He directed the Housing Development Board, Lucknow Development Authority and UP State Industrial Development Corporation to immediately provide the remaining amount of FY 2014-15 for development of metro rail to LMRC along with contribution specified for FY 2015-16. The state government has recently sanctioned around Rs 100 crore to the project.

He directed that in view of problems being faced by metro officials while purchasing of private land through negotiations for stations and other purposes for Lucknow Metro Rail project, the committee formed under divisional commissioner, Lucknow should meet immediately to resolve the issues and take effective action to make the land available to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation. The chief secretary was reviewing the progress of Lucknow Metro Rail project on July 27.

Managing Director, LMRC Kumar Keshav informed the chief secretary that the progress on primary section of metro rail from Charbagh to Transport Nagar (about 8km) has been satisfactory and according to the key dates fixed for completion of works by December 2016. The meeting was attended by secretary, Housing and Urban Planning, Pandhari Yadav, Managing Director, LMRC Kumar Keshav along with other senior officials.

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