Lucknow Metro gets clearance to operate Airport line

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INDIA: Lucknow Metro has received a clearance from the Comission of Metro Railway Safety to start its commercial operations.

According to the Managing Director of Lucknow Metro Railway Corporation Kumar Keshav, the metro will open to public use “at any convenient date”.

The work for the Lucknow Metro started in September 2014 and the trial run on its priority corridor was conducted on 1st of December 2016.

Metro services in Lucknow will start with the 8.5km-long ‘priority corridor’ on the North-South line connecting Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia, which is also Phase-1A of the project.

The total distance of the North-South Corridor is 23km, consisting of 21 stations. The entire stretch of the Phase-1A of the Metro is expected to be completed by 2019.

The second phase of the project is the East-West Corridor, stretching from the Charbagh Railway station to Vasantkunj, a distance of 11km. Though included in the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Metro, it is yet to get approval. There will be 12 stations on this stretch.