Question of the time is that will Lucknow Metro starts it’s rides for public on March 26? How will the change of guard in the state affect Lucknow Metro work? Will the Metro become operational on March 26 or will the delay in government formation affect the launch? These are the questions doing the round in administrative circles after UP election.
Higher metro authorities from Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) are awaiting government formation in the state. They want to take up the launch of the project with the new state government at the earliest ,as every day lost is pushing the launch date further.
Much politics was played over the 8.9 km Metro stretch from Transport Nagar to Charbagh during the elections. Outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav touted the project as an outstanding achievement of his government. During his election rallies, he blasted the centre for efforts to delay the project several times.
Akhilesh expressed apprehensions about the centre’s motive to hold back the NoC of commissioner railway safety. In one of his public meetings during elections in Lucknow, he said that people were saying that now one could enjoy a ride in the Metro train but they should know that the railway ministry which comes under the Central government had not given NoC to operate the train commercially. He further said that if the BJP government at the centre gave him the NoC, the train would start operating the next day.
But for clarification, Commissioner of Metro Rail safety does not work under Railway ministry instead it works under Civil Aviation Ministry.
However, home minister Rajnath Singh said the Samajwadi Party should not claim projects of the BJP as their own, as 80% of Lucknow Metro funding was from the centre.
Now the people have elected a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh but delay in government formation is hampering the LMRC’s plan to start Metro operation on March 26.
A highly placed LMRC official said, “ Despite talking big, the LMRC is not confident about the launch on March 26.There are two reasons behind this: first is absence of political leadership in the state at this crucial juncture and the second is delay in submitting report to ministry of railways by RDSO. So getting NoC from commissioner, railway safety is also getting delayed.”
The RDSO is yet to submit its report about Lucknow Metro to the ministry of railways. According to the process, once the report is submitted to the ministry, it would be forwarded to LMRC. The LMRC would approach commissioner railway safety with the report , following which a team sent by commissioner, railway safety would inspect the track and coaches.
Insiders say LMRC is getting engineering work and other tasks on the eight stations completed at a war scale.
Features of Lucknow Metro Rail Project
Number of Phase: 2
System Length : 35 km
Total Numbers of stations: 33
Planned Commercial operation date: 26.03.2017
Track Gauge: 1435 mm Standard Gauge
Maximum speed: 90 kmph
Train Length: 4 coaches
Headway: 100 s