Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Metro rail ex­pected to roll out on March 26, 2017

PROJECT UP­DATE Four sta­tions of LMRC to be ready by Septem­ber-end

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent ■ lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The metro rail ser­vice on the Amausi-Charbagh stretch is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional from March 26, 2017 – af­ter a nearly four-month trial run on tracks from De­cem­ber to March, said LMRC MD Ku­mar Ke­shav on Wed­nes­day.

Ticket-vend­ing ma­chines are ex­pected to be brought to the city some­time next month. The or­der for 16 such ma­chines and 16 smart card charg­ing ma­chines has been given to a Czech com­pany that has promised to de­liver the equip­ment in Septem­ber.

Be­sides, four sta­tions of Luc­know Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (LMRC) would be ready by Septem­ber-end. Sta­tions at Trans­port Na­gar, Kr­ishna Na­gar, Alam­bagh, and Mawaiyya are be­ing given fi­nal touches. Af­ter that, work on metro sta­tions at Alam­bagh bus stand, Dur­ga­puri, Sin­gar Na­gar and Charbagh would be taken up.

Mean­while, the rooms for staff mem­bers of sig­nals and com­mu­ni­ca­tion wings of the LMRC are al­most ready. Work on plat­forms and con­course would be taken up later.

COACHES

The coaches of metro train are be­ing man­u­fac­tured in Chen­nai. The base, side­walls, end walls and roofs are ready and now the assem­bly work is in progress. LMRC MD Ku­mar Ke­shav said the coaches will be de­liv­ered in a record time of 65 weeks. Ear­lier, the record was held by Kochi metro which got the coaches pre­pared within 78 months, while Delhi Metro got its coaches af­ter 104 weeks.

Ke­shav said LMRC is go­ing to de­velop at least two pick-up and drop points near ev­ery metro sta­tion for feeder ser­vices, which would be bring­ing com­muters from in­ner ar­eas to metro sta­tions. Spe­cial en­try and exit points would be made for phys­i­cally chal­lenged com­muters and they would be pro­vided wheel chair fa­cil­ity at ev­ery sta­tion.

UN­DER­GROUND STA­TION AT AIR­PORT

The Air­port Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) would be given the de­sign of the pro­posed un­der­ground sta­tion at Luc­know air­port within two days. The AAI and LMRC are co­or­di­nat­ing for con­struc­tion of un­der­ground sta­tion at the air­port.

Ke­shav said the AAI wanted to know how the un­der­ground sta­tion would look like as they had some con­cerns over the height of the sta­tion which would be sorted out soon.

PARK­ING AT LIM­ITED STA­TIONS

He said fa­cil­ity of park­ing ve­hi­cles would only be pos­si­ble at air­port sta­tion, Trans­port Na­gar sta­tion, Kr­ishna Na­gar sta­tion, Alam­bagh sta­tion and Charbagh sta­tion while other sta­tions would be pro­vided pick and drop points.

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