Lucknow is the leading city in north India and also capital of India’s populous state, Uttar Pradesh. As per the latest records, Nearly four millions of peoples are living in the Lucknow metropolitan area. Lucknow holding fifth place in terms of metropolitan area and have a city area than Mumbai. Recently, the authorities added 88 more villages to the metropolitan area because of the fast urbanization. Lucknow is a city positioned at center of Uttar Pradesh is also known as Nawabo Ki Nagri.
Now, Lucknow metropolitan area is administered by Lucknow Municipal Corporation. The road network inside Lucknow metropolitan region is better than other north Indian cities. The roads may be congested, but it is fairly constructed and well-connected with key places. The role of public transportation is also very strong in a city like Lucknow. CNG bus service of Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation is operating by connecting all places of the city by offering budget traveling for the common peoples. But, still there have a opportunity to deploy a modern day commute like metro.
About U.P Metro Rail Corporation:
Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) is a consortium of Government of India and Uttar Pradesh Government. Both Governments are holding equal shares of UPMRC. At 2013, UP government decided to form Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) for implementation of Lucknow Metro rail project. Later at 2018, LMRC reorganized to UPMRC for constructing metro networks in some more cities like Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi etc. Kanpur and Lucknow are the two operational metros and five more metros are now under constructions. The senior civil service officers from both Central and U.P government is holding the top positions at UPMRC and they are leading organization to new heights by constructing or expanding seven metros at a time.
Lucknow Metro Rail Network:
The initiatives to implement a metro network at Lucknow is started at 2008, from submitting a DPR by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation [DMRC]. U.P and Central Government gives all clearance to establish Lucknow metro and it’s foundation laid at March 2014. The tender for construction of first phase is acquired by DMRC under supervision of “metro man” E. Sreedharan. Lucknow Metro started it’s commercial operation on 5th September 2017 by running a train at a 8.5 km stretch.
Lines of Lucknow Metro:
The first phase of Lucknow metro consist of Red and Blue lines. The Red line are completely operational now and construction is ongoing on Blue line. Red line have a length of 22.87 km of length and it consists of 21 stations starting from CCS Airport to Munshi Pulia. The Blue, under construction line are 11.1 km long and 11 stations are proposed on this line from Charbagh to Vasant Kunj. The last and final extension happens on Red line is inaugurated at 8th March 2018 by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. The commercial operation of Blue line is expecting by 2024.
Expense and Funding:
We know, Metros are a modern day commute and a must want one about a city. The implementation cost of a metro network is very higher than other mass rapid transit systems. Lucknow Metro is one of giant project in Uttar Pradesh in terms of expense. Nearly two billion dollars are the expecting cost on completion of phase one consisting of red and blue lines. As like in other metro project in India, the 50% of investment are taken as a loan from European Investment Bank.
Infrastructure, Facilities & Security:
Alstom, leading train coach manufacturer is provided metro train coaches for phase 1A of Lucknow Metro. Each metro coaches are designed by targeting including more commuters in a run. When coming to stations, there have a WiFi connection, which is free for smart card holders. The stations are neat clean and housekeeping staffs are deployed there to keep it up. Drinking water, escalators, toilets are also provided on each stations. The security of metro stations and trains are headed by special team of Lucknow Police. The security includes all common practices like metal detector, scanning and CCTV.
Fare and Ridership:
The ridership of Lucknow Metro is low when comparing to other metros in India. The daily ridership is recorded as 15,000 on an average as per the latest reports. As you know, 22 km of metro line are only operational now. This may be a primary reason for low daily ridership. UPMRC are projecting hike in ridership number by opening blue line. The fare is based on no of stations you traveling and the maximum fare is limited to 60 rupees.
Overview of Lucknow Metro in a Nutshell:
|Name of the Project||Lucknow Metro|
|Owner||Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited [UPMRC]|
|Length||22 km are operational and 11 km are under construction|
|No. of Stations||32 Stations|
|Top Speed||90 kmph|
|No. of Coaches||4 Coached Trains of Alstom|
|Power Supply||25 kv Overhead AC|
|No of Lines||Two (Red & Blue)|
|Daily Ridership||Nearly 15,000|
|Cost for Completion||2 Billion Dollar for Phase One|
|Headquarters||LMRC Administrative Block|
Near Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal
Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
UPMRC are considering extension of Lucknow Metro in coming up years. Phase two and three are already planned, but not officially confirmed. The phase two and three is planned by connecting key locations like secretariat, educational institutions and hospitals. The extensions of Lucknow Metro is occurring faster than other metros in India. So, peoples of Lucknow can expect a entire metro system within six years.