Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today laid foundation stone of several development projects for Gomtinagar. Speaking on the occasion, the Lucknow MP said the development projects should not be stopped in the Uttar Pradesh capital, which ever party does. While observing that metro services will soon begin in the Lucknow, the home minister further said that whatever work he is doing for the development of Lucknow is dedicated to former prime minister atal Behari Vajpayee was was also an MP from the state capital till 2009 before retiring from active politics.
Later in the day, speaking on demonetisation, the home minister said that those criticising the step must wait for at least 50 days as the step was taken in the national interest. While announcing the banning of high valued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked for 50 days and suggested the countrymen to deposit their old currency notes of banned currency in banks by December 30. He had also said that step was being taken to fight against the black money and the corruption.
Yesterday, state Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had flagged-off the trail run of Lucknow Metro in the UP capital. Also present on the occasion was Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. The ceremony was held at Transport Nagar depot. The Lucknow Metro, which is believed to be one of the bigger success stories of Samajwadi Party (SP) government with Assembly Elections expected to be held next year, will be a 23-kms long North-South corridor having 21 stations of which eight will be elevated above level. The estimated cost of the 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.