LUCKNOW METRO STARTED IT'S JOURNEY

The Lucknow Metro is a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) being constructed to provide the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Trail run of the Phase IA was flagged off on 1 December 2016. The authority conducted first round of trial on the 6.5 km long elevated track between Transport Nagar and Mawaiya metro stations.

The Phase 1A of the Lucknow Metro line, measuring 8.5 kilometers with eight elevated stations, from Transport Nagar to Charbagh was flagged off by Hon’ble Minister of Home, Government of India and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 5 September 2017.

Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) is the nodal agency for the construction and operation of the metro system in Uttar Pradesh. The Lucknow Metro has also adopted Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC), which will enable trains to operate on driverless mode. Further, the metro coaches have regenerative braking in the trains which will result in saving of 30 to 35% traction energy.

The project is being financed under 50:50 Joint Venture model with equity participations from the Central government and the state government. Further, it has raised a loan of INR 35.2 billion (US$ 540 million) through foreign debt from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Total estimated cost of the Phase 1A is INR 69.2 billion (US$ 1.06 billion). The FIRR (Financial Internal Rate Return) for the project is 8.12%, while the EIRR (Economic Internal Rate Return) is 19.43%. Further, it has planned to use 1.5 MW - 2 MW of electricity from the roof mounted solar photo voltaic cells of train stabling and inspection line sheds under RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) model.

The Lucknow Metro will be having two routes, from North to South and East to West. The work on the Phase I of North-South corridor was started in 2014. The entire 23-km long North-South corridor will have 21 stations including eight elevated ones. The second proposed corridor, which is 11 km-long is called the East- West corridor. It is expected to finish by April 2019. Daily expected ridership on the North-South corridor is 644,000 (year 2020), while for the East-West line is 243,000.