UP unveils Rs. 28,095-cr metro rail projects

    Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail
    Apart from making major headways in building multiple e-way projects, the state government in Uttar Pradesh has chalked out an ambitious metro rail network plan entailing a staggering investment worth Rs 28,095-cr across the state. In the road sector, the state has planned inter-city and intra-city road and transport infrastructure for faster movement of goods and commuters. While the under-construction Agra-Lucknow Expressway and the proposed Lucknow-Ballia Expressway will provide seamless connectivity across the state. Similarly in the metro rail sector, the Lucknow Metro Rail project is already under the way and is expected to begin trials by December 2016. The state government has also recently cleared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Kanpur Metro Rail. The DPR for Varanasi Metro Rail is also reported to be under consideration, while the government is keen to launch similar projects in Agra and Meerut as well.

    Sources said adding that the DPR, which was prepared by RITES, had proposed a Metro project for Kanpur spanning 32 km across two corridors and 31 stations, including 19 elevated and 12 underground at an investment worth Rs 13,721-cr. It is possible for the Kanpur and Varanasi metro projects to start before December 2016, if their DPRs get timely clearances by the concerned central agencies, E Sreedharan, former chairman and managing director of the Delhi Metro, and currently principal advisor to the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), had said during his visit to Lucknow. Currently, an 8.5-km stretch from Lucknow airport to Charbagh railway station under Phase IA of the north-south corridor is being built at a cost of nearly Rs 2,000cr. The preliminary DPR had proposed two corridors for the Lucknow Metro - north-south and east-west - measuring 23 km and 11 km respectively and costing about Rs 6,880-cr and Rs 5,494-cr respectively. The north-south corridor comprises 19 elevated and three underground stations, said sources.
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