Metro Current Affairs
The Union Housing Ministry has launched I-Metros, an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies for mutual sharing of ideas & experiences for nurturing excellence their performance. It was launched by P K Sinha, Cabinet Secretary at Conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” held at Metro Bhawan in New Delhi.
I – Metros platform will be forum for exchange of ideas, sharing of experience and pooling of knowledge, best practices, innovations etc. among Indian Metro Rail companies to nurture excellence in performance. The conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” was attended by representatives of Metro systems from all over world to attend the management meeting of the Community of Metros (CoMET). On this occasion, “The Operator’s Story”- a publication by World Bank and Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC), Imperial College London on findings of the research on “What makes Metros successful” was also released.
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.
- 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.
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.