Lucknow Metro Day 1, first snag: How City of Nawabs had a date with this beauty on the wheels

By: | Updated: September 6, 2017 5:19 PM

Lucknow Metro's Day 1 was marked by a technical snag, leaving over 100 passengers stuck for an hour.

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Lucknow Metro’s Day 1 was marked by a technical snag, leaving over 100 passengers stuck for an hour. But the scores of jubilant city dwellers, who took the first ride, can’t stop thanking the governments – both present and the past – for making Lucknow Metro a reality. A day before, Twitter war erupted between politicians for the credit of bringing Lucknow Metro to the City of Nawabs. The inaugural commercial run of Lucknow Metro also made the state government ambitious as it announced its plan to start similar services in other big cities of Uttar Pradesh.

Technical snag

Over hundred passengers were stuck inside a Lucknow Metro train for more than an hour due to a technical snag on the first day of its commercial run today. PTI reported there were no lights and air-conditioning when the train stopped near Mawaiya metro stations. The snag hit the train at around 7.15  am when the train was on its way from Charbagh to Transport Nagar metro station. Emergency brakes had to be applied between Durgapuri and Mawaiya stations to stop the train, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation’s senior PRO Amit Kumar Srivastava told PTI.

As many as 101 passengers traveling on the train on the first day had to be taken out safely through the emergency rear exit. They were taken to the Durgapuri Metro station. The passengers later traveled to Transport Nagar Metro station on a different train. Srivastava said, “During the intervening period, LMRC officials provided proper care and support to all passengers inside the train. The staff/officials at the Durgapuri Metro station ensured the commuters didn’t face further inconvenience,” he said.

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Excited passengers

Despite the snag, the excitement of passengers didn’t disappear. One of the passengers, Gaurav, told PTI, “I was excited about the metro journey. I took the train from Charbagh to reach the airport to catch a flight to Delhi at 8.45 am but got stranded and missed the flight.”

Another traveler Ashish, a student, said he got late for the school but he was still excited. “I will again take the metro ride tomorrow,” he said.

Lucknow Metro inauguration

The maiden run of Lucknow Metro was inaugurated jointly by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. UP Governor Ram Naik was also present on the occasion. The first phase of Lucknow Metro’s 8.5-km ‘priority corridor’ runs from Transport Nagar to Charbagh in the city.

Twitter war

On Tuesday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav sparred on Twitter to claim credit for Lucknow Metro. The Samajwadi Party said the chief minister inaugurated a project that Yadav had already flagged off. In a series of tweets, Akhilesh said, “Lucknow Metro will make life easy and people will remember Sreedharanji and his team that made the dream come true. Engine toh pehle hi chal dia tha, dibbey to peechey aanee hi thee (The engine had already started running, bogies had to follow).”

“Before sitting in the metro started by the Samajwadis, the government should take care of 5,000 stray cattle on the roads,” the Samajwadi Party chief said in another tweet.

As then UP CM, Akhilesh had flagged off the trial run on the same stretch in December last year, just ahead of the assembly elections in the state to showcase it as a signature project of their government. The BJP had then attacked Akhilesh government during the election campaign, pointing out why Lucknow Metro trains were not running despite the inauguration. Akhilesh had, however, hit back saying the train was not running because there was a delay in clearance from the commissioner, Metro Railway Safety. He had also blamed the Centre for this.

On Wednesday, almost an hour after Akhilesh’s tweets, Adityanath’s office shared a video on Twitter, in which the present CM was seen saying, “Your wish has finally come true. This metro is yours — this is a gift for your from the central and state governments… Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been in favour of a congestion-free, cheaper and eco-friendly public transport system.”

Expansion plan

On Wednesday, Adityanath said a Uttar Pradesh Metro Corporation will be set up for starting metro services in other cities of Uttar Pradesh. Adityanath also requested metro-man E Sridharan to be the principal advisor to the proposed umbrella body which would explore launching metro services in Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra, Moradabad, Allahabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and other cities.

The corporation will also explore possibilities of mono rail services in some parts of the state, PTI reported.

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