Prepare plan for expansion of Lucknow metro: Yogi

Lucknow, Jan 2 (UNI) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed the officials to work on a plan to expand the services of Lucknow Metro to cater to the needs of the state capital and said that the private sector was eager to cooperate in the expansion of metro services in the state.

Chairing a high-level meeting to review Lucknow, Agra and Kanpur Metro, the CM said, “Get Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared for the new route of the metro from Charbagh to Vasant Kunj via Chowk in Lucknow. Get suitability tests done for underground and elevated metro services. Prepare and submit the proposal as soon as possible. This phase will connect a large population with modern urban transport facilities.”

He said that the metro currently operating in Lucknow should be extended up to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on one side and SGPGI on the other. “Many private sector companies are willing to cooperate for this. In such a situation, we should consider Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for expansion,” he said.

Yogi said that commercial activities should be further encouraged in the Metro Rail complex. “Concrete arrangements should be made for passenger service and security. All safety arrangements should be ensured while working on underground metro projects. The standards should be strictly followed,” he said.

He said that the work is going on two new phases of the metro each in Kanpur and Agra. “There is no shortage of money for any project of public interest. The funds should be released on time. Complete projects within the stipulated time frame through regular communication and coordination,” he said.

The CM said that electric buses and e-rickshaws should be encouraged in Gautam Buddha Nagar and 17 municipal corporations.

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