Taking a little over three years to complete this project, the green flag has finally been shown, the doors to the Lucknow metro will open on Wednesday, 6th September 2017 to the public. They have promised a “cheap congestion-free and eco-friendly” ride to the eagerly waiting public. The metro corridor measures 8.5 kilometers, over 8 elevated stations.
The first phase of the Metro Line in Lucknow was inaugurated on Tuesday, 5th September 2017 in the presence of Home minister Rajnath Singh, UP Governor Ram Naik and CM Yogi Adityanath. The first phase of the metro runs from Transport Nagar to Charbagh. Rajnath Singh believes, “The doors of development naturally open in a city in which a Metro train runs.”, as quoted by news agency, ANI. Similar projects of starting the metro have been promised by CM Adityanath in other cities of the state.
A trial run for this eco-friendly ride had taken place in December 2016 and the file was cleared on 14th August 2017 by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety. This clearance was done nine months after the trial had been done. The foundation for phase-1 of the North-South Metro Rail Corridor Project was laid by Akhilesh Yadav, ex Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 14th March 2014.
The 8.5 Kilometres to be open to the public is a part of a 23-kilometre-long track of the North-South Metro corridor, starting from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia, executed by LMRC, as said by Managing Director of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, Kumar Keshav. There is a second “proposed corridor, which is 11km long” called the “East-West corridor”. The current plan is that the corridor will be completed and running by April, 2019.
The most interesting feature of the Lucknow Metro will be the “driverless mode”. There will be an “advanced signalling and train control system” which is known as Communication Based Train Control system. This system allows the trains to virtually operate without drivers and be controlled from a control center.
Looking forward to the opening of the Lucknow metro to make your traveling easy? Hopefully, you are not disappointed by the crowd eagerly waiting already.