The Lucknow Metro is a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) being constructed to provide the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh with an environment friendly atmosphere. Lucknow Metro Rail project is a joint venture project of central and Government of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) is the agency which is responsible for the construction and management of metro corridor.
Lucknow Metro will be having two routes, from North to South and East to West. The North-South corridor starts at Amausi to Munshi Pulia, with a total length of 23 kms. The East-West corridor starts at Charbagh Railway Station and ends at Vasant Kunj, with a total length of 11 kms and will have 12 stations. Both lines will intersect at Charbagh. 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.
LMRC placed an order for the procurement of 20 train sets of 4 cars each with Alstom. Total value of the project is EUR 150 million. The trains will manufactured indigenous at Sricity plant of Alstom India.
Total estimated cost of the project (Phase I) is INR 69 billion (US$ 1.1 billion). The funding of the project is as follows:
- Government of India – INR 10 billion
- Government of Uttar Pradesh – INR 21 billion
- Sub-ordinate Debt – INR 2.97 billion
- Loan (European Investment Bank) – INR 35 billion
Trail run of the Phase IA is 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 agency will conduct regular trial and testing of the metro train in the coming days for ensuring safe driving of metro while carrying passengers. The full testing of different systems and subsystems like brake, motors, doors, AC is also planned in a sequential way. It is expected that the project will be open to the public in March 2017.
LMRC recruited a total of 21 women station controller-cum-train operators as a part of UP government's 20% horizontal reservation policy for women in government jobs.
It is important to highlight that Lucknow becomes the first city in the country where women operators commence Metro trials. Ms. Pratibha and Ms. Prachi Sharma were the first drivers to operate the train. The first train of the Chennai Metro Rail was also driven by female metro operator, Ms. A. Preethi.