LMRC: Setting New Benchmarks
LMRC has the distinction of being the fastest ever metro project executed in the country having achieved a record of less than three years for commissioning of commercial services. It has also earned the IGBC Platinum LEED rating for its several green and energy conservation measures. Mr. Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, LMRC, discusses the challenges faced in timely completion of the project and the construction techniques & equipment used, in an interview with Maria R.
Lucknow Metro Rail Project is a joint venture Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) project between the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh. There are two major statutory clearances that are generally required before commencing a public run of Metro services in the country. One is the technical clearance from the Ministry of Railways, which LMRC received on 8th June 2017, and the second clearance from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) was given to LMRC on 14th August 2017. The project was scheduled to roll out on 27th March 2017, but the late clearances led to an initial delay in starting the project.
On 5th September 2017, Phase 1 of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation’s ‘Priority Corridor’ stretching 8.5 km from Transport Nagar to Charbagh railway station, was inaugurated and it opened to the public the next day. It is for the first time that any Metro project has been commissioned in less than three years for commercial services. LMRC has now earned the distinction of being the fastest ever Metro project executed in the country, and thereby, set a new benchmark in Metro Rail project execution. As per LMRC Detailed Project Report 2013, the tables below give an estimate of the reduced number of accident, reduced traffic consumption and reduced fuel consumption after implementation of metro rail services.
Reduction in road accidents:
This is a very positive impact of the Metro, and has been found in other cities as well.
Traffic congestion reduction:
The metro will reduce journey time and hence congestion and delay.
It is estimated that both petrol and diesel consumption will get reduced due to two factors: reduction in vehicles and decongestion on roads.
Uttar Pradesh has joined the elite list of cities having metro rail services, and has set a record for early commissioning, despite some initial delays. Please comment.
How will the Metro system help in easing traffic congestion and reducing vehicle pollution, and thereby, improving air quality and quality of commuting in the city? Reduced Fuel Consumption: