In order to enhance connectivity in the city, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has decided to commence the work on the Kanpur Metro from September this year. One of the most ambitious projects of the city, the development will not only provide relief from traffic congestion but will also help in boosting the real estate market of the adjacent areas.
The decision was taken after a recently held meeting between LMRC MD, Kumar Keshav; Kinjal Singh, Vice Chairman, Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) and other senior officials of the authority as well as rail corporation. During the meeting, it was also decided to start the operation of the first phase of the Kanpur Metro by 2021.
Sources from LMRC said, “At present, we are expecting to receive a few No Objection Certificates from the respective department, after which we will start floating the tender to start the work. Once done with this, we will kick start the construction work on the first phase. The first corridor will be developed between IIT and Moti Jheel which will be completely elevated.”
Apart from this, the officials have also decided to start other infrastructure development alongside metro track like flyovers and widening of roads.
On February 2019, the central government has approved the construction of Kanpur Metro with an expenditure of Rs 11,076.48 crores. In the first phase, the corridor will start from IIT Kanpur and will pass through Kalianpur Railway station, Kanpur University, Rawatpur railway station, Moti Jheel apart from others.
The construction of Metro yard has already been started and is 60% completed due to traffic issues. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has informed about this delay to the metro officials. In order to resolve this issue, the LMRC officials have ordered authority to construct a 7-meter wide road on either side of the tracks. They have also ordered to develop flyovers wherever necessary so that the work should not hamper anymore.