KANPUR (Metro Rail News): Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) has completed metro track laying work from IIT to SPM station for the 9 km long Priority Corridor running from IIT to Motijheel of Kanpur Metro Rail Project.
Metro track laying work was started on 11th May from IIT Metro station and so far has reached till SPM Metro Station. Metro track is laid down by joining segments of rail of 18 meters each through rail welding machine and a long track is made by joining these segments and then laid down on the track.
For the given distance from IIT to SPM station, UPMRC has laid down the track of 3.5 km including Up-line and Down-line. For the Priority Corridor from IIT to Motijheel, about 18 km long track is to be laid including both the lines (9 km each for Up-line & Down-line).
It is important to mention that ballastless tracks are being laid down for the mainline while ballasted tracks are being laid down for the metro depot. The track work is also progressing at rapid pace in the metro depot which is being constructed at Government Polytechnic. So far, 65% of the track work in the depot is completed. A total of 18 lines are to be laid in the depot out of which 12 lines are already being laid.
According to the Managing Director of UPMRC, Kumar Keshav, “The track work is progressing at a good pace at the mainline as well as the depot in Kanpur. Signalling, telecom and electrical systems are also being installed. We are moving forward towards the target of trial run on the Priority Corridor in November with full positivity.”
The Priority Corridor of Kanpur Metro will have 9 elevated stations. UPMRC aims to start operation of metro trains on this 9 km long Priority Corridor from December this year. On completion as per deadline, Kanpur Metro will become the fastest built and commissioned metro project in the world.
As mentioned earlier, Phase-1 of Kanpur Metro Rail project will have two corridors. The first corridor (Red Line), with length 23.7 km, will have 22 metro stations and the second corridor (Blue Line), with length 8.6 km, will have 8 metro stations. Recently, work has also commenced on underground section of Kanpur Metro.