Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today flagged-off the trail run of much publicised Lucknow Metro in the UP capital. Also present was SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. The opening ceremony was held at Transport Nagar depot and the trial run will be on a 8.5 km stretch till Charbagh station. The Lucknow Metro, which is one of the bigger success stories of Samajwadi Party (SP) government, will be a 23-kms long North-South corridor having 21 stations of which eight will be elevated above level. The estimated cost of this project is around Rs 6,800 crores. The metro services will be open to general public from March 26, 2017 onward after 3 months of rigorous trial.
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The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) which is a special purpose vehicle, had been registered under the Companies Act by the state government in 2013 to execute the metro-rail project in the city. Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan, believed to be India’s best engineer, who has successfully handled many mega projects previously like the Kolkata Metro, Delhi Metro and Konkan Railways, has been the principal advisor of LMRC.
The UP chief-minister in his speech said that focus will be made on making transportation easier and convenient for the people of Uttar Pradesh. Recently, he also flagged-off the 302 km Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which will be opened to public from December 23. He also said plans are being made for construction of Metro-rail in Kanpur and Varanasi soon. Akhilesh also updated on the work on joining Ghaziabad with Noida through Delhi Metro is on full swing. Prior to the elections in UP next year, the SP has fastened up some development process.