Speed up metro rail projects in cities: Chief secy to of­fi­cials

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO -

SUG­GES­TIONS FROM THE PEO­PLE SHOULD ALSO BE IN­VITED FOR PRO­POSED ROUTES IN ALL FOUR PLACES SO THAT TRAF­FIC FA­CIL­I­TIES COULD BE PROP­ERLY IM­PROVED.

ALOK RAN­JAN, chief sec­re­tary

Chief sec­re­tary Alok Ran­jan on Fri­day di­rected the of­fi­cers to pre­pare pro­ject re­ports of metro rail in Kan­pur, Agra, Meerut and Varanasi within next three months.

In or­der to im­prove traf­fic sys­tem in these cities, the state gov­ern­ment has planned metro rail on the pat­tern of Luc­know, where the pro­ject is al­ready on the fast track. Ran­jan has sought pro­ject re­port of Kan­pur by July 31, fol­lowed by Agra by Au­gust 31, Meerut and Varanasi by Septem­ber 30.

While go­ing through the pre­sen­ta­tion of these projects here on Fri­day, Ran­jan said the work in these cities should com­mence by Jan­uary 2016. While lay­ing stress on speedy work and proper co­or­di­na­tion among var­i­ous im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies, Ran­jan said that di­vi­sional com­mis­sion­ers of these cities would head the metro cell. In­struc­tions were also is­sued to devel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide man­power and other in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties for proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of the projects. He said a sep­a­rate spe­cial pur­pose ve­hi­cle (SPV) would be con­sti­tuted for all four projects con­sist­ing of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and other tech­ni­cal staff.

He said sug­ges­tions from the peo­ple should also be in­vited for pro­posed routes in all four places so that traf­fic fa­cil­i­ties could be prop­erly im­proved. He said ad­e­quate park­ing fa­cil­i­ties should be ear­marked out­side pro­posed metro sta­tions in these cities. He said there would be two cor­ri­dors of 24 km and nine km in Kan­pur. Sim­i­larly, there would be two cor- ri­dors of 11 km and 16 km each in Agra. In Varanasi it would have 19 km and nine km stretch. Meerut would have 20 km and 10 km long two cor­ri­dors. Ad­vi­sor, ex­ter­nally aided projects, Mad­hukar Jaitely, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary hous­ing Sadakant and di­vi­sional com­mis­sion­ers of Kan­pur, Meerut, Agra and Varanasi were present at the meet­ing.

Over­load­ing: At a sep­a­rate meet­ing, the chief sec­re­tary di­rected the of­fi­cers of PWD, min­ing and trans­port to jointly launch drive to stop over­load­ing in trucks.

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