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Union Cabinet approves Lucknow Metro project

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Lucknow Metro Rail Project Phase – 1 A.

It will cover a length of 22.878 (approx 23) km with 22 stations and the metro train will ply between Chowdhary Charan Singh Airport and Munshi Pulia.

Key facts

  • The cost of the project will be 6,928 crore rupees which will be supported by Union Government with 1,300 crore rupees in the form of equity and subordinate debt.
  • The Project will be implemented by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) which will be jointly owned company of Union Government and Uttar Pradesh Government with equal share of 50:50.
  • Out of the total route length, 19.438 km will be elevated route while underground route length will be 3.440 km. It will have total 19 elevated and three underground metro stations.
  • The project will come under the legal framework of the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978; Railways Act, 1989 and Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002.

Background

Lucknow has been experiencing mounting pressure on its transport infrastructure as it is witnessing an annual growth of 8.35 percent in vehicular population. It has witnessed tremendous growth in the last two decades and the population of Lucknow Urban Agglomeration is 29 lakhs as per census of India 2011. The population of Lucknow Metropolitan Area is over 50 lakhs.

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Badarpur-Faridabad Metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Badarpur-Faridabad Metro in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).

The metro corridor will connect the national capital with the satellite town and give impetus to economic growth in the region by fast transportation of people.

It is also first environment-friendly metro in Indian as all the stations and depot have been equipped with solar power plants.

Badarpur-Faridabad Metro Corridor

  • It is the 14 kilometre long corridor and has nine stations from Sarai (Delhi) to Escorts Mujesar.
  • It is an extension of the presently operational ITO-Badarpur section of the Delhi Metro.
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is nodal agency in implementing this corridor and has been built at an estimated cost of 2500 crore rupees.
  • Environment-friendly railway stations: The corridor is equipped with solar power generation facilities in all stations and depots to generate nearly 2 megawatt power.
  • Ridership capacity: on the corridor is estimated to be around two lakh per day and help to shift a major portion of the road users to this mode of transport.
  • It will also help to tackle the rush from satellite town as five to six coach-trains will be in service daily.

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