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Akhilesh plans four metro rail projects before next assembly polls

CM Akhilesh Yadav is keen to unveil the projects so that it could showcase the infrastructure development agenda of his government in run up to the state polls

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

With Uttar Pradesh due in early 2017, the state government has speeded the process of launching projects in four cities — Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra and Meerut.

While Lucknow project is already on track, Chief Minister is keen to unveil the other projects also, so that it could showcase the infrastructure development agenda of his government in run to the state polls.

On December 30, 2014, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet had approved the proposed projects in Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra and Meerut, to boost urban mass transport infrastructure in these important cities.

The state government has nominated Limited and Rail Corporation (LMRC) for preparing the respective detailed project report (DPR) and as coordinator, respectively. The development authorities would be nodal agencies for DPR.

is a central government enterprise, which undertakes feasibility studies, integrated design services, institutional management and technical support for railway projects.

LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav has already visited the four towns and held preliminary discussions with the officials of and respective development authorities.

According to Uttar Pradesh Externally Aided Projects Department Advisor Madhukar Jetley, Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) had already approved the proposal mooted by RITES to prepare DPR of the 35-km Metro Rail track in the first phase.

Similarly, Keshav had visited Agra, Meerut and Varanasi on February 12, 20 and 27, respectively, to hold consultations with officials.

RITES has submitted proposals to the respective development authorities for the DPR and a decision thereon is awaited.

Jetley recently reviewed the progress on the proposed Metro Rail projects. He underlined the imperative of timely preparation of DPR, which would be approved by the state Cabinet and forwarded to the Centre with its recommendations.

‘Metro Man’ is the principal advisor to the project. is proposed in two north-south (NS) and east-west corridors. The proposed 23-km NS corridor, which would connect Lucknow airport to the city, is being undertaken in the first phase and is estimated to cost about Rs 7,000 crore.

First Published: Thu, March 05 2015. 20:44 IST