In lucknow, the lucknow Metro is a proposal for the setting up of the transit system of high speed, that was supposed to be completed and made functional by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Limited (LMRC).
It was Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) which made an initial enquiry for looking into the feasibility of the train. And then provided the Detailed project Report or DPR to the state government for getting the required approval. LDA Vice Chairman, Mr. Mukesh Meshram, has agreed to the receipt of a letter that has come from DMRC for preparing the DPR which is supposed to be submitted within 9 months. The consultants for the projects would be from DMRC who would be paid a fee of Rs. Four crores.
There will be two corridors in which the lucknow metro track will be running- East West and South North.
North South Corridor
This corridor from the North to the South will be about 14 kms in length and the origin will be from the Amausi Airport and the route will take through Vidhan Sabha, Alambagh, Krishnanagar, hazratganj, Hussainganj, Lucknow Unviersity, Parivartan Chowk, mahanagar, IT chowk and a few other areas before completing in Munshi Pulia in Indira nagar.
Gomti Nagar Link
The east west corridor is about 27 kms and starts from Gomti nagar, passing though places such as Jawahar Bhawan, Wazir Hasan road, hazratganj and aminabad which is now merged after joining with the sector 13 in Rajajipuram.
East West Corridor:
The official Meshram had said that the consultants would be studying the program and then they would assess the train stations and decide which portions will have underground network and those which will run above sea limit. Cost of making this corridor a favourte among the public has not yet been declared and the cost up to the 60 percent will be provided by the state government and 40% will be provided by the urdan development wing of government of india.
The Lucknow Metro Rail Project was initially planned for 2 corridors: the Gomti Nagar link and East-West and North-South link. The cost for construction was estimated to be around 74.13 billion rupees for the North-South corridor and 4.95 billion rupees for the Gomti Nagar link and 48.79 billion for the East-West corridor.
North-South corridor is suppose to linke Amausi aiport and Munshipulia covering the distance of about 23 km which includes 7.2 km underground, 1 km ramp and 14.87 km elevated area. There are 22 stations in this corridor including 4 underground and 18 overhead. The stations that are elevated include Alambagh ISBT, Alambagh, Singaar Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Transport Nagar, Amausi and Airport Terminal. The underground stations include Indira Nagar, Ramsagar Mishra Nagar, Lekhraj Market, Badshahnagar, Mahanagar, IT College, Lucknow University, Dalibagh crossing and a new terminus at Munshi Pulia.
In case of Gomti Nagar Link, there is a diversion for train traveling from airport terminal at Indira Nagar trisection Polytechnic towards Gomti Nagar through elevated route. Stations that are planned are Patrakarpuram, Gomti Nagar, Waves Multiplex, West End Mall, Indira Nagar Trisection.
East-West corridor has been planned to link Vasantkunj on the Hardoi Road with Charbagh Lucknow Railway Station covering the distance of 11 km including 6.3 km underground, 0.5 km ramp and 4.29 km of elevated area. There will be 12 stations in this corridor including 5 overhead and 7 underground. The underground stations include Niwazganj, King George Medical University (Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University), Pandeyganj, Aminabad, Gautam Buddha Marg and Charbagh Lucknow Railway Station. The elevated stations include the Vasant Kunj terminal stations, Moosabagh, Sarfarazganj, Balaganj and Thakurganj.
The speed of the metro was designed to be around 80 km/hr whereas scheduled speed will be around 34 km/hr in North-South corridor and East-West corridor is known to execute the speed of 32 km/hr. there will a depot at the Vasant Kunj spread in the area of 20 hectares. Depot at Amausi has been ceased because of its closeness to Airport and related issues of safety and security.
During 2013, Department of Urban Planning exhibited concern over two-corridor layout and also recommended for a dense metro connectivity. The complete route was proposed to be overhead. There will be a substantial increase in the construction cost because of the expanded network but reduction in operating cost. The cost to construct 1 km stretch overhead track was calculated to be 27 million US dollars (1.8 billion INR) whereas it consume 82 million US dollars (5.5 billion INR) to construct underground track. The underground track requires more energy and less in safety. There is a plan to initiate BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) as feeder service.
The soil samples for the metro construction were collected on August 5, 2009 and the analysis was completed during September, 2009. They concluded that the soil is suitable to construct metro rail. 2013-14 state budget of Uttar Pradesh allocated funding for this metro project. Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav gave final clearance for metro during 2013. The initial phase of metro development was overseen by Alok Ranjan, the Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh committee. During May 2013, financial assistance was offered to Uttar Pradesh Government by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) towards metro rail construction.
Funding of Lucknow Metro
Both the Central government and State government cleared funds towards the Metro rail 1st phase construction during financial budget 2014-15 and also 2015-16. Funds were allocated by State Government towards the initial phase of survey and the construction of Lucknow Metro Headquarter during both 2012 and 2013. Once cleared by PIB, foreign agencies can direct funds towards Lucknow Metro Project.
During October 5, 2015, Alstom, the French Engineering Firm bagged 150 million Euro to deliver coaches to Lucknow metro. Initially Lucknow metro was planned to contain 20 trains of 4 cars each. The trains are to be manufactured at Alstom Sricity Plant in India.
Alstom has entered into the contract to deliver train sets and signaling for the Lucknow Metro. They make advance signaling system depending on the CBTC. Alstom will install their state-of-the-art Urbalis signaling system which was developed with an idea of 100s headway.